World Australia could run out of fuel in 43 days as escalating conflict in Syria threatens to cripple supply channels, experts warn

12:10  16 april  2018
12:10  16 april  2018 Source:   Daily Mail

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Australia could completely run out of fuel by the end of next month, experts say, as the escalating conflict in Syria threatens to cripple supply channels from overseas.

A precarious combination of low oil reserves and over-dependence on international imports puts Australia at particular risk of running dry.

While the International Energy Agency mandates that countries hold a stock in reserve 'equivalent to 90 days of net imports', Australia only has 43 days worth of supply, the Australian reports.

And that could be cut down even further if a global crisis threatens supply channels from places like the Middle East.

Defence Strategy and Capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute senior analyst Dr Malcolm Davis says Australia's fuel reserves would last '20 days at best' if supplies were cut off, News.com.au reports.

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'[Australia is] one of the few countries in the world that does not take our energy security seriously' said Dr Nolan.

'It would be a Mad Max world. Our society and our economy would begin to fall apart very quickly... [because] everything depends on fuel to make an economy run. 

'It is very serious.'

The rather ominous forecast comes in the wake of major US strikes on the Assad regime, as tensions escalate and threaten to compromise international trade.

This could prove dire for a nation that outsources its oil refining to such international locations as Singapore.

'Instead of investing in refinement facilities here for refining fuel, the government has decided it's cheaper to do it overseas,' said Dr Davis.

'The price they pay for that in a crisis is that China can interrupt flow to Australia [from Singapore] relatively easy and our economy falls apart.'

Liberal Senator and former major general in the Australian Army Jim Molan agrees that 'we stand in real trouble.'

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He's telling the West their patience has just run out . Claims disarmament in Syria isn't on the US agenda. Russia is laying it all on the US. The terrorists, the deaths, the conflicts inside Syria , the chem He just said flatly about the US and NATO " They have no plan to de- escalate anything.

Speaking to 2GB on Monday Morning, Mr Nolan criticised the government's passive approach to issues of fuel supply and energy security, calling it 'a single point of failure for Australia.

'The way that we seem to get around this is that we buy credits overseas which ignores the entire problem,' he said.

'Those credits say that if things go wrong we can buy from overseas, but hang on: our supply lines of communication by ship are likely to be either threatened, or because of insurers nothing will come to us at all.'

Moreover, a chronic shortage of petrol, diesel and aviation fuel could render the Australian military immobile.

According to Mr Molan, Australia is one of the few places in the world that doesn’t have a government-mandated strategic reserve of fuel.


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