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Gas prices in Wichita jump nearly 30 cents in two days

Gas prices rose to $2.59 a gallon Thursday morning at the QuikTrip at Douglas and Washington.
Gas prices rose to $2.59 a gallon Thursday morning at the QuikTrip at Douglas and Washington. The Wichita Eagle

For the second day in a row Wichita drivers will be paying more at the pump.

Following a 10- to 14-cent increase Wednesday, gas at most Wichita locations jumped another 13 or 14 cents Thursday morning. At most places the price of regular gas was $2.59 a gallon at 10 a.m.

Gas price website, Gasbuddy.com, had predicted that gas prices in the Wichita area would rise 10 to 20 cents this week because of a refinery unit shutdown near Chicago.

Analyst Will Speer wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. had to shut down a 240,000-barrel-per-day crude distillation unit for unexpected repairs.

Before the increases, the average price of gas was at $2.32 Tuesday.

Overall, gas prices are still down from an average of $3.26 a year ago.

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