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

California gasoline production nears 1 million barrels a day


Sacramento - Production of reformulated gasoline for use in California improved slightly -- 0.9 percent -- from the previous week but was 4.4 percent less than at this time last year, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Production of reformulated gasoline in California refineries averaged 997,571 barrels a day for the week ending December 16, 2005. Inventories of reformulated gasoline are down 4.3 percent when compared to the previous week and are 12.7 percent below last year's levels.

Diesel production and diesel inventories are at levels well above any reached in the past five years. Diesel production rose 4.1 percent from the previous week and was 9.7 percent better than at this time last year. Inventories of CARB diesel rose by 7.5 percent over the week and were up 21.1 percent from this time last year.

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

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

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