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Big wet leaves Tanami mine supplies stranded

Carmen Brown, Wednesday January 22, 2014 - 15:34 EDT
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The Tanami Road remains closed following heavy rain in central Australia - ABC

Freight trucks heading to the Granites gold mine, in the Tanami region, are stranded in Alice Springs following heavy rain across central Australia.

The Tanami Road was closed last week, after downpours associated with a tropical low left stretches of the track impassable.

John Bilato, from G&S Transport in Alice Springs, says he has several loaded trucks waiting to leave for the mine site.

"The freight is building up, and the truck stop is filling up as we speak," he said.

"There are four triple road trains of fuel waiting to go out, and two stuck out there, waiting to come home.

"It's quite an unusual rain event if you ask me, they only thought it was going to be 80 millimetres.

"We knew it was going to be reasonably big, but it ended up over 300 millimetres, so that's a year worth of rain in week."

Mr Bilato says although the mine is waiting on both fuel and food deliveries, the delay is unlikely to have a serious impact on the operation.

"They're pretty well rehearsed with it out there now, so they just wind everything back ," he said.

"All the mining operations will be slowing down, and they'll just keep the processing plant running.

"So they'll be fine I'm sure, unless it goes on for weeks and weeks."


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