Petro-Canada repairs Edmonton refinery

Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:02pm EDT
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Petro-Canada has repaired a damaged gasoline unit at its 135,000 barrel a day Edmonton, Alberta, refinery, and the plant is again producing the fuel, the company said on Monday.

The damage to the catalytic cracker, after a power outage more than a week ago, was not deemed severe and the unit was brought back into service on the weekend, Petro-Canada spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said.

"It takes time to return the unit back to safe service because it's a systematic and orderly approach that they take. But it is back into service and is producing product," Seetal said.

The refinery was one of two in the region that shut down in power outages during a severe storm on July 18. The outage has caused gasoline shortages in Petro-Canada's retail and wholesale network.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Peter Galloway)