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For Immediate Release: October 19, 2005
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

CARB gasoline production drops 5 percent in state refineries

Sacramento - Planned maintenance and unexpected equipment problems at several California refineries led to a 5.3 percent drop in the production of CARB gasoline from the previous week, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

During the week ending Friday, October 14, 2005, California's refineries produced an average of 904,571 barrels of reformulated gasoline a day. Despite the drop from the previous week, CARB gasoline production levels are still 5.1 percent ahead of this time last year.

California inventories of reformulated gasoline fell 11.4 percent from the previous week, and are 26.3 percent below last year's levels.

California refiners have successfully made the early switch to winter blends of gasoline, a move allowed by a federal government waiver following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The federal Energy Information Administration reports that the two hurricanes damaged as much as 15 percent of the nation's refinery capacity along the Gulf of Mexico; to date 7.5 percent of the country's refinery capacity remains off line.

Production of CARB diesel in California fell 1.0 percent from the previous week's figure, but showed a 40.5 percent increase above levels for this date a year ago. Diesel inventories rose 1.1 percent from the week before and 10.1 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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