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For Immediate Release: September 21, 2005
Contact: Rob Schlichting 916-654-4989

Refinery problems cut into California gasoline production

Sacramento - A September 12th electricity outage in Los Angeles that affected three refineries contributed to a 4 percent drop in the production of California reformulated gasoline, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

During the week ending Friday, September 16, 2005, California's refineries produced a daily average of 875,571 barrels of reformulated gasoline, 4 percent less than the week before and 9 percent less than this time last year.

Inventories of reformulated gasoline fell 2 percent from the previous week and are 29 percent below last year's levels.

The three LA-area refineries taken off-line by the blackout are back in production.

Diesel production was less impacted by the refinery problems in the state. Production of CARB diesel fuel increased by 6.6 percent from the previous week, and is nearly 33 percent above production for this date a year ago. Diesel inventories increased by 31 percent from the week before, nearly 14 percent above last year's levels.

The entire Weekly Fuels Watch Report can be seen on the Energy Commission's website at

www.energy.ca.gov/database

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