Petroleum analysts are praising the timing of North West Redwater Sturgeon Refinery's first diesel product.
As diesel prices spike due to the robust economic global demand for fuel, the Sturgeon Refinery came online just in time.
"I think it'll serve as an extra amount of volume and inventory into the system," said Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst with Gas Buddy. "It can also balance any future spikes in diesel simply because it's so readily available right here in our back yard."
The first diesel flowed on Tuesday (December 12).
The refinery also opens as the market for North American refined diesel expands into Latin America and Europe.
Most analysts, according to McTeague, thought the refinery was coming at a bad time because two years ago diesel was following the path of the over-saturated crude market.
"For skeptics out there, they're all looking a little sheepish today."
He added that diesel drivers may not see a big difference at the pump but could take comfort knowing that, most likely, the stuff they're pumping into their vehicles is refined locally.