(File photo)

Gas prices to drop five cents by Friday

Analyst says refineries are kicking into high gear

Can you stretch your gas till Friday? You should try, according to Gas Buddy.com’s senior analyst.

“We’ll be down to 131.9 [cents a litre] as of midnight Thursday night,” said Dan McTeague, adding cities outside Metro Vancouver could see prices dip into the mid 120s.

That’s down from a high of 147.9 cents in early November throughout the Lower Mainland.

“Much of that decline has to do with refineries in the U.S. building up inventory, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, who have been troubled by every plague imaginable,” said McTeague. “High demand, low inventory and refinery and pipeline issues…”

Output rates for the region’s refineries have gone from 84 per cent up to 92 per cent – a million-barrel surplus, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

“There’s no ifs, ands or buts. The reality is that prices are plummeting because there are increasing stockpiles, finally, of gasoline,” McTeague said.

He’s got another tip: gas is cheaper on the weekend.

“The retailers tend to shed that 12.5-cent retail margin that they charge,” he said. “They sometimes knock three or four cents off.”


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Update: Search called off for missing person in Jones Lake Area

Hope Search and Rescue crews re-started search at 6 a.m. this morning

Habitat for Humanity says it owes no money to former CEO

Upper Fraser Valley branch responds to wrongful dismissal lawsuit

UPDATED: Police call off search for body under Agassiz Rosedale Bridge

Swimmers reported discovering body two days ago

Garbage truck and van collide on 6 Ave.

No serious injuries in mid-day collision

A man around town: Trevor McDonald

If it’s musical or entertaining and in Chilliwack, Trevor McDonald’s probably had a hand in it

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Fraser Surrey Docks mechanic dies on the job

‘This is a very sad day - a worker went to his job this morning and didn’t go home’

VIDEO: Critter Care opens its doors

Thousands attend open house at Lower Mainland wildlife rehabilitation centre

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

Most Read