Originally Posted by 302 Z28
As the link posted above will tell you gasoline is traded openly. Your Mobil station could be using gasoline from just about anywhere. Brand loyalty is an expensive myth.
I have been in the industry most of my working life, and have learned......
yes the gas is often traded back and fourth, however they are different
because different refineries use different crude and have different standards that they will refine to, with that crude.
when i worked for texaco in seattle, we would do pipeline trades with arco
(we get their gas when it comes, and they would take ours when it comes down the pipe to pay them back)
all gas must meet minimum testing standards, however texaco had higher standards, and often arcos gas wasnt good enough to meet texaco tests
so we would have to barge it back to them, because we couldnt sell it!
most tankers load at only a few load racks for lots of different brands of gas.
when loading, you must specify what brand because the detergent additives are injected at the rack, as you load the fuel tanker.
most load racks will have 4-10 different small (500-2000 gal.) tanks of detergent additive and dye, for injecting at the rack
so you may not always get their gas, but it will meet their standards
and you will get their detergent additive