Petro-Canada Refinery Woes Cause Retail Closures

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Petro-Canada Refinery Woes Cause Retail Closures

CALGARY, Alberta -- The situation surrounding Petro-Canada's refinery worsened late last week, as gas retailers supplied by the company were forced to temporarily close their locations, the Alberta Sun News reported.

Parkland Income Trust, operator of about 225 Fas Gas, Fas Gas Plus and Race Track gas stations in Western Canada, closed at least four of their stations in Alberta due to the shortages, according to the report.

"We were able to get through last weekend with some temporary runouts," John Schroeder, vice president of Parkland Income, told the paper. "We've decided that we're better off to temporarily close a small number of stations." The stations closing are in urban centers such as Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer.

CSNews Online reported Friday a failed catalytic cracking unit at one of Petro-Canada's refineries has resulted in a severe gas shortage that was impacting nearly 90 stations in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

Petro-Canada reportedly held a conference call last week with independent retailers who allegedly demanded compensation for the gas shortages they've suffered. However, company spokesperson Kelli Stevens told the paper any financial details will be considered after the situation is over, and company liaisons have been in constant contact with affected gas stations.

Meanwhile, the company is boosting supplies through its other Canadian refineries and to the U.S. and overseas, the report stated. The company's distribution fleet reportedly quadrupled its deliveries to meet demand, the newspaper reported. However, it may be some time before things return to normal.

"Even when it does return to production, it will take time to replenish gasoline inventories and start returning our network back to normal," Jon Hamilton, Petro-Canada's director of downstream communications, told the newspaper.