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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
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Senator Wriedt asked the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 6 March 1980:

(   1 ) At what ports in Australia are supplies of bunker fuel held and what is the quantity held at each port.

(2)   What is the estimated rate of use of the stocks of bunkers.

(3)   Who are the main suppliers of bunkers and who owns the storages at each port in which the bunkers are held.

(4)   Does the Department of Defence draw upon commercial bunkers for any of its supplies.

Senator Carrick - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Bunker fuels are available on order at about eighty ports throughout Australia but stocks of distillate fuels are only actually held at about forty and heavy bunker fuels at about twenty of this total. Stockholdings of crude oil and petroleum products are confidential.

(2)   The rate of usage of stocks is dependent on additions to and withdrawals from stocks and these movements may vary widely from time to time depending on stock replenishment schedules and demand. Information on supply of bunker fuels to the Australian market, from which average monthly consumption rates may be calculated, is included in Consumption of Petroleum Products Based on Oil Industry

Sales by State Marketing Area- Calendar Vear 1979' released by the National Energy Office, Department of National Development and Energy.

(3)   All oil companies supply bunker fuels in Australia. Individual company sales data are confidential. Bunkering facilities are owned by different companies at different ports and companies without facilities at a given port can usually be supplied by companies with facilities at that port.

(4)   Yes. The Department of Defence maintains period contracts with oil companies at those ports where it does not have its own installations. Drawing of bunkers at these ports provides only a minor part of the total defence requirements.

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