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For Immediate Release: December 7, 2005
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Lack of refinery problems leads
to increases in gasoline, diesel production


Sacramento - With all of California's major refining units up and running, production of reformulated gasoline increased 12.7 percent from the Thanksgiving holiday week, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission. Production of diesel for California use also increased by 17 percent from the previous week.

Production of reformulated gasoline for the week ending December 2, 2005 averaged 1,019,143 barrels a day. That figure is only 0.6 percent above production numbers from one year ago.

Inventories of reformulated gasoline are up by 7.1 percent from the previous week, but are still 9.9 percent below last year's levels.

As diesel production jumped for the week, diesel inventories increased by 2.4 percent. When compared to one year ago, however, CARB diesel production was up by 56.3 percent, although diesel inventories remained 5.3 percent below levels on this date a year ago. The disparity is attributed to increasing demand for diesel; sales of that fuel in California have climbed by 3.9 percent for the first seven months of 2005, when compared to the same period in 2004.

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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