Gas prices in Greater Victoria have spiked and analysts predict they’ll be going up again..
Prices were as high as 157.9 cents a litre at some stations on Wednesday.
The sudden increase is still mainly attributed to two of B.C.’s major suppliers in Puget Sound undergoing maintenance and not producing as much fuel, according to Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, which monitors fuel pricing information and data.
The Shell Anacortes and BP Cherry Point refineries were further strained when other suppliers in California had troubles at their plants, McTeague said, including maintenance and an explosion.
“There is a crunch in terms of supply and demand along much of the U.S. Pacific coast,” he said. “There is only a finite amount of fuel.”
McTeague said it’s difficult to predict whether prices will be coming down soon, but there could be some relief when the refineries are back up and running.
“I think all of B.C. has been hit pretty hard – Vancouver, Victoria, I would even say the Interior because we have gasoline coming down the Trans Mountain pipeline, but it’s oversubscribed,” meaning it’s at capacity.
Other prices around the Island according to GasBuddy include:
$1.549 Port Hardy
$1.429 Campbell River
$1.419 Port Alberni