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Refinery Problems Send Gasoline Higher U. S. wholesale gasoline prices surged in the wake of fresh operational problems at oil refineries in the Midwest. Valero Energy Corp. ’s shutdown Friday of a gasoline production unit at its 90,000 barrel-a-day Ardmore, Okla. refinery and BP PLC’s (BP) crude unit shutdown Monday at its 410,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Whiting, Ind. , pushed up prices that were already on the rise The unscheduled repairs come just over a week after Coffeyville Resources LLC shut its 108,000 barrel-a-day refinery in KansasRetail gasoline prices,already significantly higher over the weekend due to supply tightness could rise even more depending on how long the new outages last.

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