For Immediate Release: July 28, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Data Base Tracks California's Oil Refinery Production and Output



The California Energy Commission, via its Internet site Access Energy, has launched an on-line data base that searches its Weekly Fuels Report for refinery production and output for each week from 1989 to the present.

While demistifying the state's oil production statistics, the on-line data base could serve as a veritable well of information for oil refiners, distributors, marketers and industry consultants, legislators, the media and other interested parties. It compares the production numbers for the previous week and that particular week in the previous year, and then calculates the percentage of difference. Reports are posted every Wednesday before 5 p.m. for the previous week.

Searchable by year, month and week, the database can be accessed on the World Wide Web at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/database/fore/index.html

The database enables searchers to pinpoint refinery input and stocks of crude oil in thousands of barrels, refinery production and stocks (also in thousands of barrels) of motor gasoline, jet and diesel fuels from 1989 to the present. It complements the Energy Commission's posting of weekly retail statewide average gasoline and diesel prices and recent graphs of average rack and spot prices for CARB gasoline and diesel fuels.

"The database shows refinery production trends and other indicators that influence gasoline and diesel prices in California," said Energy Commission Executive Director Stephen Rhoads. "From a historical perspective, it is a valuable tool for parties keeping track of industry developments."

For questions about the database, contact the Commission's Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989 or send e-mail to energia@energy.ca.gov

(The Federal Energy Information Agency also posts a weekly petroleum data base on the Internet. The non-interactive file presents a four-week average summary of national petroleum production and stocks).

For more information on the Energy Commission Weekly Fuels Report Database, please contact:

Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-29
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-4989



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