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For Immediate Release: November 2, 2005
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Despite refinery turnarounds that cut gasoline output,
diesel production increases

Sacramento - While production of CARB gasoline in California dropped 8.7 percent from the previous week, diesel output increased by 14.5 percent, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

With a number of California refineries performing planned maintenance - a usual occurrence this time of year -production of reformulated gasoline for the week ending October 28, 2005 averaged 874,286 barrels a day. Although lower than the previous week, that figure is 10.9 percent above production numbers for a year ago.

Inventories of reformulated gasoline dropped 5.4 percent from the previous week, and are 12.2 percent below last year's levels.

As diesel production improved for the week, diesel inventories increased by 15.1 percent. When compared to one year ago, however, CARB diesel production was up 42.4 percent, while diesel inventories were 5.2 percent better than on this date a year ago. The improving supply situation helped to bring down diesel prices at the pump; the statewide retail average of $3.13 a gallon on October 24 fell to $2.93 by October 31, 2005.

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

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

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