CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Petro-Canada’s 135,000 barrel a day refinery in Edmonton, Alberta, was damaged in a severe weekend storm, forcing the company to ration fuel supplies to retail outlets and other customers, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Refinery operations were knocked out by a power outage late Saturday, and that caused damage to the plant’s catalytic cracker, a major gasoline processing unit, spokesman Jon Hamilton said.
He said the company did not currently classify the damage as severe, but he said he did not know how long repairs will take.
“Diesel is OK from a supply perspective, but even when we have all the other units up, our capacity to produce gasoline will be limited at best,” Hamilton said. “And the situation with gasoline was tight in Alberta going into the storm.”
Imperial Oil’s Alberta refinery was also affected by a power outage.
(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Peter Galloway)