June 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Updated: June 13, 2018 7:33 am

Lack of fuel at several Okanagan gas stations due to supply shortage: Suncor

Watch Above: A growing number of Okanagan gas stations have run completely out of gasoline. As Megan Turcato reports, one oil giant is confirming a supply shortage in parts of British Columbia.

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Six gas stations in the Okanagan are currently out of fuel.

It’s believed the gas shortage is affecting only Petro-Canada stations. Two Petro-Canada stations in Vernon have no fuel, along with three in Kelowna and one in Summerland. But in Penticton, three Petro-Canada stations reported they had fuel to sell on Tuesday afternoon, as did two Petro-Canada stations in Osoyoos.

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Suncor Energy is the parent company of Petro-Canada. In an email on Tuesday afternoon to Global Okanagan video journalist Megan Turcato, Suncor said “We continue to experience a gasoline supply shortage in parts of B.C.

“We understand that this is an inconvenience to our customers, we apologize and are working to mitigate the impacts.”

In Vernon, one station, located on 25 Avenue, had a sign on its gas pumps reading, “We are currently out of all grades of fuel. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Notably, a Super Save Gas station located across from the Petro-Canada station had fuel to sell, telling Turcato it had no issues with delivery of fuel.

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The station on 25 Avenue apologized with a sign for not having any fuel to sell.

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In late May, some Calgary-area Petro-Canada stations had to shut down their pumps as the gasoline supply from Suncor Energy dried up.

A Suncor spokesperson said in May the cause was due to “ongoing seasonal maintenance in the industry and that has reduced our product inventory.”

Several Edmonton-area Petro-Canada stations also had to shut off their pumps.

Suncor said Tuesday the fuel supply shortage should clear up in the next few days as its Edmonton-area refinery comes back online. It was restarted last week after being shut down for regular spring maintenance and the company is working to resupply the stations.

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