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  • Enhancement of Cooperation in Transportation of Petroleum in a Crisis Situation through Joint Field Training Exercise by ANRE, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF), and Kochi Prefecture

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)Enhancement of Cooperation in Transportation of Petroleum in a Crisis Situation through Joint Field Training Exercise by ANRE, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF), and Kochi Prefecture-First Exercise in Supporting Transportation of Petroleum Products in Shikoku to be Conducted During a Comprehensive Disaster Drill Undertaken by Kochi Prefecture-

On June 7 (Sun), 2015, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) and the Shikoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry will conduct an exercise to prepare for large-scale earthquake and tsunami disasters over a wide area as a portion of the FY 2015 comprehensive disaster drill by Kochi Prefecture. The training will be conducted in cooperation with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF), Kochi Prefecture, and Taiyo Oil Co., Ltd. for the purpose of (1) facilitating the supply of petroleum to the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), which conduct rescue operations and (2) enhancing the framework of the JSDF’s transportation of civilian petroleum to be used in shelters.
In addition, Kochi Prefecture (including the fire department) will conduct an exercise constructing a small-scale makeshift service station and supplying fuel to vehicles in order to distribute petroleum products transported by the JSDF.

1. Background and purpose

When the Great East Japan Earthquake hit Japan in March 2011, Japan faced difficulties in transporting petroleum, and many areas suffered from fuel shortages. In this difficult situation, the JSDF responded to a request from ANRE and transported barrels of light oil to the devastated areas to improve the supply of civilian petroleum to such areas, facing many challenges during the operation. Through this operation, it was discovered that damage to the oil supply infrastructure may have previously unforeseen adverse impacts on procurement of fuels that should be ensured for the JSDF’s rescue operations.

Based on this experience, in June 2014, ANRE and the Ministry of Defense (MOD) conducted their first joint field training exercise in the effective transportation of petroleum in a crisis situation, as part of the MOD’s FY 2014 Joint Exercise for Rescue (26JXR). Also, in November 2014, the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry and the JGSDF North Eastern Army conducted an exercise as a part of the JGSDF’s exercise called “Michinoku Alert 2014” and the drills commemorating Tsunami Disaster Preparedness Day, aiming to further promote ANRE-MOD cooperation.

As one exercise in this series of efforts, this joint practical exercise in transporting petroleum products will be conducted for the first time in the Shikoku region.

2. Outline of the exercise

The following exercise will be conducted for training and to establish procedures for procuring and transporting petroleum by simulating the occurrence of a great earthquake and tsunami centered in the Nankai Trough offshore Shikoku, utilizing the facilities at the Shikoku Operations of Taiyo Oil Co., Ltd. (Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture):

  1. A drill in which the JGSDF fuel trucks will receive fuel supplies directly at a civilian oil refinery (Shikoku Operations of Taiyo Oil Co., Ltd.), anticipating the need for petroleum supplies for the JGSDF due to the rapid increase in fuel needs immediately following a disaster.
  2. A drill supporting transportation of petroleum products filled in barrels from the civilian oil refinery (Shikoku Operations of Taiyo Oil Co., Ltd.) to an integrated disaster management base utilizing JGSDF vehicles, assuming a restrictive disaster situation where civilian fuel trucks are not able to supply petroleum and the JGSDF is the only means to transport petroleum, meaning that petroleum products for saving lives need to be transported from Kochi Prefecture to the integrated disaster management base (Shimanto Greenwood Park).
  3. A drill in which Kochi Prefecture (including the fire department) receives the barrels transported in drill (2), and constructs a small-scale makeshift service station (a makeshift fuel depot established outdoors in a place such as a vacant area) near the integrated disaster management base to supply fuel to vehicles and fill portable gas containers outdoors.

This drill will be the first trial in Japan simulating the installation of a small-scale makeshift service station and supplying fuel to vehicles, as part of a joint practical exercise for transporting petroleum products.

Release date

June 2, 2015

Division in Charge

Petroleum Refining and Reserve Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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