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Kamloops gas stations running dry after refinery repairs

It'll be a few days before supply is restored
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A Petro-Canada on the North Shore with taped off pumps and a sign reading zero. (via Brendan Kergin)

Kamloops drivers who usually gas up at Petro-Canada will have to wait a few more days before pumps are topped up. 

Many of the cities stations are without gas after the Suncor refinery in Edmonton was shut down due to maintenance. Stations began running out of fuel about two weeks ago in Edmonton and Calgary, followed by some Petro-Canada outlets in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C.

Suncor Energy Inc. spokeswoman Nicole Fisher says Suncor's 142,000 barrel-a-day refinery was restarted last week after being shut down for regular spring maintenance and the company is working to resupply the stations.

She says the shortage of gasoline and other fuels in Western Canada was made worse because other suppliers were also offline, preventing Petro-Canada stations from using alternative sources.

She says she doesn't know how many stations were without fuel supplies.

Fisher says Suncor is apologizing to customers who were inconvenienced by the outages, adding the last time it had such severe shortfall was two years ago in the wake of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

"As they ran out, we've been working to replenish but some of them haven't been replenished," she said. "We do know this is an inconvenience for our customers and we do apologize."

— with files from The Canadian Press