* Gasoline unit at Edmonton refinery shut for repair
* Some company gas stations have run dry
* Suncor buying third-party supplies
* Additional work will not extend refinery shutdown
(Adds reason for shutdown and company comment.)
CALGARY, Alberta, May 2 Suncor Energy Inc
, Canada's largest oil company, said on Thursday that
some of its retail stations in Western Canada have run out of
gasoline because work at the company's Edmonton, Alberta,
refinery cut the 140,000 barrel per day facility's ability to
produce the fuel.
The refinery is currently in a planned maintenance
turnaround but had expected to continue producing gasoline
during the shutdown. However, during inspections Suncor found
corrosion in a line leading to a flare, forcing the closure of
the gasoline unit for repairs.
"In the course of planned maintenance we identified some
additional work which has temporarily impacted our ability to
produce gasoline," said Nicole Fisher, a spokeswoman for the
company. "As a result we have had to stop providing gasoline to
some of our sites in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The company is buying replacement supplies from third
parties. Fisher could not specify how many filling stations were
affected by the shortage. Suncor retails gasoline under the
While Fisher did not say how long the refinery's gasoline
unit would be out of service, the work is not expected to extend
the refinery's maintenance turnaround. It is scheduled to return
to normal operations by the middle of this month.
(Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by Bernard Orr)