The price of gas has been a hit to the wallet for many Saskatoon drivers who have seen cheaper petrol prices in Regina.
Earlier this week, there was a difference of 15 cents.
An analyst with the website said the cost for retailers to buy gasoline in the province is around $1.05 per litre and stations in Saskatoon have set higher retail margins.
“At times we’ve seen (retail margins) go down to three or two cents per litre, which you can’t operate a gasoline station on unless you have another way to offset the loss. At the same time, $1.19 looks like a 12-cent, 13-cent with GST retail margin,” senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague told Global News.
He added that he wouldn’t be surprised if the price in Saskatoon dropped slightly in the coming days.
But McTeague said the competition in the city isn’t as stiff as other western Canadian centres.
“Regina, Edmonton, Calgary where it is common to see gasoline being sold at or below cost. Those cities often see what I consider to be significant cutthroat competition, I would say bordering on gas wars,” he said.
GasBuddy is projecting prices in Saskatoon to hover between $1.08 and $1.15 per litre over the summer.
But McTeague added those prices are flexible and could shift depending on the strength of the Canadian dollar and a trade agreement between the U.S. and China.
He also said the fact that there is the Federated Co-operatives Ltd. oil refinery in Regina makes a difference in prices.