Alberta refinery supply still sporadic

EDMONTON — A fierce storm nearly two weeks ago in Edmonton cut production at two refineries in the area, and while both are now operational getting fuel supply up to normal could take some time.

On July 18, winds topped 100 km/h as rain poured down, and the weekend storm put both Imperial Oil’s and Petro-Canada’s refineries out of commission.

The Imperial Oil refinery returned to normal operation Monday, but the company expects shortages of gasoline and diesel to remain sporadic this week as Imperial and Petro-Canada get supply levels back to normal.

Imperial’s refinery produces 187,000 barrels per day, while Petro-Canada’s output is 135,000, which is now also back in operation.

Gasoline shortages have been more widespread than diesel fuel, and Petro-Canada is bringing in gasoline by rail from Eastern Canada, and by truck from B. C.

Unlike last fall when a combination of planned and unplanned shutdowns at a handful of Alberta refineries pinched the province’s diesel supply and led to rationing of diesel by retail outlets.

— with files from the Edmonton Journal

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