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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2005
Contact: Rob Schlichting 916-654-4989

CARB gasoline production jumps nearly 10 percent
as refineries come back

Sacramento - Production of CARB gasoline by California refineries increased 9.9 percent from the week before, according the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the federal government granted a waiver that allows refiners across the country to begin making winter blend gasoline early. Some California refineries are now producing winter gasoline, which helps to increase gasoline production. Three LA-area refineries taken off-line by an electrical blackout September 12 are also back in operation. As a result, during the week ending Friday, September 23, 2005, California's refineries produced a daily average of 962,429 barrels of reformulated gasoline, approximately the same amount as this time last year.

Inventories of reformulated gasoline rose 12.4 percent from the previous week, but are still 21.3 percent below last year's levels.

Production of CARB diesel has often set new five-year records this summer; last week's production was off 17.2 percent from the previous week, but is still 7.7 percent above levels for this date a year ago. Diesel inventories fell 11.1 percent from the week before, but remain 8.8 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/fore/

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