Gasoline to be rationed in Fort McMurry area.
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Fort McMurray Today
By CAROL CHRISTIAN
Friday March 07, 2008
There may be some panicked calls of “fill ‘er up” over the next few days, as two of Canada’s largest oil companies are reporting tight fuel supplies in western Canada that may result in stations running out of gasoline.
There are four retail Esso stations in Fort McMurray: the Real Martin location had empty tanks this morning, while the pumps were still operating at the Millennium Drive, Franklin Avenue and Gregoire outlets.
Undisclosed technical issues with fuel processing components of Imperial Oil’s Edmonton refinery resulted in decreased output, according to Gordon Wong, Imperial spokesman. The plant is only running at about 50 per cent production capacity after those fuel-processing units were taken off-line. The refinery normally produces about 187,000 barrels of oil a day. Starting on Feb. 24, Imperial Oil began rationing fuel and expects to continue doing so for at least a few more weeks. “(What) we’ve been trying to do is supplement ... by looking at other sources, and up to this point, been fairly successful at doing that,” Wong added, explaining the company’s initiatives to meet customer demand.
“As a result of the refinery issues, it’s likely that there will be some outages, sporadic though they may be, over the next few weeks at retail sites in the Prairies, and possibly in B.C.,” predicted Wong.
“We are working as quickly as possible to assess the damaged units, and undertake repairs. Obviously, we’re trying to minimize any kind of inconvenience to customers.”
“Fuel supply right now in western Canada is tight,” said Janet Annesley, of Shell Canada, this morning, discussing the company’s own production slowdown.