Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 03/1/2013 3:35 PM | Comments: 0
Prices at the pump shot up overnight in Winnipeg, by seven cents a litre, then they dropped back down and shot up again.
So what’s going on?
Jason Toews, co-founder of Gasbuddy.com, a website that monitors gas prices in Canada, said this is the time of the year refineries undergo maintenance, which puts a cramp on supply and a squeeze on consumers.
This year, Winnipeg seems to be leading the trend, at least this week. Other locations like Ontario saw prices drop at the pumps this week.
"This is the time of the year we see gas prices go up all over the country. It’s all based on supply and demand," Toews said.
In the meantime, wise consumers can still surf the web for pumps that give them a break.
If people are travelling, you can save quite a bit of money just by knowing where to look. The average pump price was 123.9 cents a litre in Winnipeg Friday. But some gas stations, such as the Tempo Gas Bar in northwest Winnipeg posted a pump price nearly 10 cents lower Friday afternoon: 114.9 cents a litre.
Friday prices spiked overnight in Winnipeg from the average 116.9 cents a litre all week at most locations and then dropped back down. By mid afternoon, most stations posted a price of 123.9 cents.
The rule of thumb in Winnipeg is that First Nations-run gas stations post lower prices, even without the discount available to treaty status card holders. Costco runs a couple of gas stations where gas prices are generally lower, although Friday, the price was no different from the Shell, Co-Op, Domo, Petro Canada and Esso, according to GasBuddy.com. That said, Safeway offers a standard discount to its club card holders that may blunt the bite on the wallet.
As for the weekend, refineries can go offline for maintenance for weeks on end this time of year, so don’t expect a break any time soon.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
MPs return to Parliament day after Ottawa shooting
Soldier killed in Parliament Hill siege
We’ll stand for freedom and for one another
School trustee, municipal elections results
Bowman drops by News Café
Folk Fest trims down to four-day event
Mom of gunman: I cry for victims of shooting
Blue delighted with state of Denmark
Maples soccer mom charged
Dramatic vigil held for six dead babies
Warm weather likely won't last much longer
From the Middle East to Mexico
Confusing Constantine pilot has potential, but cast change means preview pointless
Keanu Reeves knows his way around a fight scene, whether he's using a sword or a shotgun
The day it all changed
Talk to your kids about the Ottawa shootings
Major league munchies
Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal
Forensic probe may take months