Fuel short­age should end with re­fin­ery restart

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

Sun­cor En­ergy Inc. says a fuel sup­ply short­age that left some of its Petro-Canada sta­tions in the four western prov­inces with no ga­so­line to pump should clear up in the next few days.

Sta­tions be­gan run­ning out of fuel about two weeks ago in Ed­mon­ton and Cal­gary, fol­lowed by some Petro-Canada out­lets in Saskatchewan, Man­i­toba and B.C.

Spokes­woman Nicole Fisher says Sun­cor’s 142,000 bar­rel-a-day Ed­mon­ton re­fin­ery was restarted last week af­ter be­ing shut down for reg­u­lar spring main­te­nance and the com­pany is work­ing to re­sup­ply the sta­tions.

She says the short­age of ga­so­line and other fu­els in Western Canada was made worse be­cause other sup­pli­ers were also off line, pre­vent­ing Petro-Canada sta­tions from us­ing al­ter­na­tive sources.

She says she doesn’t know how many sta­tions were with­out fuel.

Fisher says Sun­cor is apol­o­giz­ing to cus­tomers who were in­con­ve­nienced by the out­ages, adding the last time it had such se­vere short­fall was two years ago fol­low­ing the Fort McMur­ray wild­fire.

“We do know this is an in­con­ve­nience for our cus­tomers and we do apol­o­gize.”

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