Re­fin­ery startup to ease Petro-Canada short­ages

Times Colonist - - Business -

CAL­GARY — Sun­cor En­ergy Inc. said 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 said 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 said the short­age of gaso­line and other fu­els in Western Canada was made worse be­cause other sup­pli­ers were also off­line, pre­vent­ing Petro-Canada stations from us­ing al­ter­na­tive sources.

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

JEFF McIN­TOSH, CANA­DIAN PRESS

Sun­cor En­ergy’s head office in Cal­gary.

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