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Diesel... et crise énergétique

par Jeromec, lundi 14 novembre 2022, 10:21 (il y a 384 jours) @ Judith13

Judith à Raison... c'est la pénurie énergétique qui menace principalement l'Europe de l'ouest... avec la privation du gaz naturel russe, on réouvre les centrale nucléaire (au péril de leurs vies) et les centrales au CHARBOn....

Et au Canada, le prix du litre du diesel a franchit dans certains cas 3$ le litre... ce qui affecte les prix bien sûr, mais aussi la survie des FERMES...

Pas besoin de balancer des bombes sur les pays de l'Otan, les gouvernements des pays membres s'efforcent jour et nuit de nuire le plus possible à leur propre économies...

Experts say low diesel supply means Canadians are 'going to pay'
Timm Bruch
Timm Bruch
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Updated Nov. 13, 2022 9:41 p.m. EST
Published Nov. 13, 2022 4:56 p.m. EST
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Economists and petroleum watchers are warning even more massive diesel price jumps are on the way, and they'll impact everyone in Canada -- regardless of what you fuel up with.

Diminishing fuel supply has been an issue throughout 2022. That problem could be even more pronounced as the temperature drops.

"The fact of the matter is demand is very strong and supply just isn't there," petroleum analyst Dan McTeague said. "So we are at all-time-high prices, and we're going to go much higher."

The problem is currently the most pronounced in the northeastern United States.

An update from the U.S. Energy Information Administration last month showed that during the week of Oct. 21, 2022, the U.S. had 25.9 days' worth of supply of total distillate.

Experts predict impact will echo across the continent and touch every pocketbook.

It's a hard lesson Canadians learned during the pandemic, as supply chain problems caused disruptions everywhere in the country.

"Diesel is the global economic workhorse. Without it, our economies would come to a screeching standstill. Whether it's mining, agriculture, transportation -- by plane, rail or by truck -- it's even used for fertilizer.

"Its importance is ubiquitous and unquestionable."

Sprott School of Business Associate Professor of Strategy Ian Lee agrees.

"This is inflationary and we're going to pay with higher prices at the retail level," he told CTV News.

Several factors are contributing to the issue.

Demand is usually higher in the winter months as heating systems are fired up, and European energy issues have led to increased need and higher premiums being paid overseas.

But many believe the real problem lies in limited refinery capacity.

Lee says federal policy is to blame.

"As older, more inefficient refineries were closed, new refineries are not being brought on," he said. "Investors in the industry are reluctant to invest given the government very publicly telling everyone that the days of oil and gas are numbered."

Two major refineries were recently taken offline -- one near Philadelphia and another in Newfoundland.

"There has been a move to discourage investment in refineries, such that many are either shuttering, or simply not making those investments," McTeague said.

"But policies that inhibit the building of new refineries does not make the underlying need for diesel go away," Lee added.

Truck drivers have no doubt noticed the change.

And with more increases on the way -- some believe prices could jump by 30 cents a litre this winter -- it's a tough time to be in the industry.

"As an owner operator, it's becoming untenable," Bob Francis told CTV News. "You get paid per mile for everything you do, and when you sign a contract to take that load, the cost of diesel from where you start to where you finish could practically double.

"There's nothing you can do about it."

Francis, who mainly drives furniture across Canada and the United States, says the high prices to fill up have forced him to rethink certain routes.

"It really makes no sense for me to a job in B.C. or California," he said.

The cold Canadian weather has amplified the problem, and we can expect it will continue to throughout the winter.

But some are skeptical the market can correct the diesel shortages any time soon.

Lee predicts it may result in a rethink of certain policies in Ottawa.

"It's going to force a realization by the Government of Canada that just because you announced decarbonization doesn't mean it's going to happen by the snap of our fingers," he said. "Businesses have to continue to function, consumers still have to go to the grocery store."

Fire Erupts At Large Chevron Refinery In California
By Tsvetana Paraskova - Nov 09, 2022, 6:41 AM CST

A fire broke out at Chevron’s El Segundo refinery in California on Tuesday evening, with no injuries reported and no immediately clear indication as to the cause of the incident.

At around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, El Segundo Fire Department responded to an isolated fire inside the Chevron El Segundo Refinery, the city of El Segundo said. El Segundo and Manhattan Beach Fire Departments remained on scene alongside the Chevron Fire Department. After some two hours, the fire was extinguished, and “There was no offsite impact or public threat,” the city of El Segundo said.

The El Segundo Refinery, capable of processing 290,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd), supplies 20 percent of all motor vehicle fuels and 40 percent of the jet fuel consumed in Southern California, Chevron says.

The fire at the Chevron facility came after many of California’s refineries were partially down in October due to planned maintenance work. Last month, due to the planned overhauls at units, California’s gasoline prices spiked. Some parts of California saw gasoline prices surge to $8 per gallon as supply declined amid still robust demand, San Francisco Chronicle reported.

As of November 9, the average gasoline price across California is $5.453 per gallon, compared to a national average of $3.805/gal, according to AAA data. A month ago, at the height of the refinery outages, the average gasoline price in the state of California was $6.335/gallon.

California’s Governor Gavin Newsom said last month he would call a special legislative session in December to discuss high gasoline prices and a proposal to slap a windfall tax on oil firms’ profits.

“We’re not going to stand by while greedy oil companies fleece Californians. Instead, I’m calling for a windfall tax to ensure excess oil profits go back to help millions of Californians who are getting ripped off,” Governor Newsom said at the end of September.

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