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How much fuel do you need?

By Pork Hunt 8 April 2012 49

The Canberra Times tells us that ASIO wants to store 600,000 litres of diesel fuel at their new HQ to run back up power generators.

April fools day was last week, what’s going on?  

600,000 lt is about 15 semi trailer tanker loads of diesel fuel which would be enough to run the biggest genny in the world for about 10 years.  

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Disinformation 9:38 am 11 Apr 12

Gungahlin Al said :

johnboy said :

Considering we’d want asio very much up and running in the event of major sabotage of the power grid, perhaps not a bad idea?

Indeed – I think it says something about what ASIO think the potential targets are…grids, refineries, …

No. It says that ASIO relies on systems that need electricity in order to function.
Who would have thought that?

You know, I bet even the hospitals have generators that need fuel too.

p1 9:27 am 11 Apr 12

Sandman said :

Chop71 said :

Fuel does have a shelf life, well so I have been told

Diesel has a much longer shelf life than petrol, and being in large quantities and stored in sealed containers usually helps it last even longer.

…and considering that there are any number of hospitals, data centres and defence establishments with large reserve diesel storages, I’m sure that someone had figured out some type of systems of occasional replacement of the fuel.

Gungahlin Al 8:12 am 11 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Considering we’d want asio very much up and running in the event of major sabotage of the power grid, perhaps not a bad idea?

Indeed – I think it says something about what ASIO think the potential targets are…grids, refineries, …

Sandman 9:13 pm 10 Apr 12

Chop71 said :

Fuel does have a shelf life, well so I have been told

Diesel has a much longer shelf life than petrol, and being in large quantities and stored in sealed containers usually helps it last even longer.

screaming banshee 8:51 pm 10 Apr 12

Little_Green_Bag said :

Actually this is not as far fetched and satirical as it might appear at first.

In 1979 I read a newspaper article saying that a new spy headquarters would be built underground in the Parliamentary triangle

That’ll be the offices under the environment car park.

Jethro 6:20 pm 10 Apr 12

Little_Green_Bag said :

dazzab said :

I reckon that building is fake and just a diversion. The real ASIO is probably deep under the lake accessed from a secret door in the Carillon. But don’t tell anyone.

Actually this is not as far fetched and satirical as it might appear at first.

In 1979 I read a newspaper article saying that a new spy headquarters would be built underground in the Parliamentary triangle and that there would be a secret tunnel leading to (Old) Parliament House for senior ministers to access. I remember seeing construction in the area at the time but no signs saying what was being constructed, unlike the new High Court and National Gallery sites.

In 2001 there was an open day at Old Parliament House and we were shown the old members’ and ministers offices. At one point there was a small corridor leading off to a door containing a push button security lock common in the 1970s and ’80s unlike other doors in the building which either had no locks or just plain deadlocks. I asked if we could go there and was told by the guide “Ah, no that’s no access”. Could that have been the door to the tunnel leading to the spy headquarters, if in fact the spy headquarters ever existed or still exists?

This is my theory too. It’s why there is always roadworks on Anzac Parade (seriously, that road is getting dug up every few months). They are actually building their underground lair.

JC 5:06 pm 10 Apr 12

GardeningGirl said :

Yes, and all those sorts of details should have come out originally.

Hang on a second, who said it wasn’t in the original plans? As I understand it what has been recently applied for is a licence to store fuel, this comes from a totally separate agency than the one that approves new buildings, which in this case is the NCA. I would imagine that when it comes to the licence to store that you would not apply and presumably pay for it until you are ready to move in, so no surprise that this application has been made now.

So don’t think conspiracy theories about them trying to pull the wool over residences eyes are justified in this case.

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