You don't have much of an idea do you.
To refuel the FA-18's at Tindal takes 238,000 Litres of JP8, that's without taking them for a spin which they do every day.
RAAF Transport aircraft C17A Globemaster III 112,000 litres, C130J Hercules 26,344 litres and C-27J Spartan not disclosed.
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So the fuel holdings are rather more than a medium sized Town. Without any exercises usually at least 1 per year) in the top end RAAF use approximately 30 Million Litres per ear and fuels for exercises stretches the supply system quite considerably. All fuel comes from Singapore and is then transported to Tindal by Civilian fuel tankers which only hold approximatel 15,000 Litres for a B Double.
So how much do you think is stored at Tindal or are you just plucking thought bubbles out of your behind.
A few comments
- Before stating where you think people pull bubbles from, why not ask?
- You are quoting in litres rather than tonnes which makes the numbers look bigger than they really are.
- Unless you use the plane, once you fill it, it generally stays full.
- The size of the planes fuel tanks is irrelevant, its how much they use.
- A 15,000L fuel road tanker is rather small in volume, are you confident its that small? I would expect around 40,000L for a semi, 60,000L for B-double.
- The supply chain is stretched during exercises because once or twice a year they use alot in a small space of time. Something likely easily resolved with another truck or two.
- 30,000,000 Lpa = 24,000 tpa = SFA for the rail freight industry.
Its basically a 2 trailer road train of fuel a day or likely less than two rail wagons a day. Logistics wise you'd probably work on 48 hr turn around delivering 3 x a week, so likely 3-4 wagons or 2 x week using 5-6 wagons, which helps the rail equation a bit more.
- If memory serves me right, the town of Emerald used to get around a dozen rail tankers twice a week of diesel, which is more than Tindal and doesn't include petrol.
- The distance is marginal for rail unless volumes are there, but if you can make it work, why not. I'm not opposing rail delivery for fuel and anything else, just highlighting the volumes are unlikely to be commercially attractive.
- I'm not sure but I think Mt Isa maybe one of the last places in Oz for fuel to railed for the mining industry and that's 1000km for which most if not all the train is on the same point to point destination. The former Canberra Oilie is similar rail distance to Tindal and moved alot more than Tindal being a train load in its own right, did not stack up and unfortunately closed.
- Coming from Singapore is interesting, I wonder what is the back plan in case of war in the region?