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For Immediate Release: January 11, 2006
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

California gasoline production high during
refinery turnaround season


Sacramento - With California refiners well into the annual "turnaround"season - the time of year when planned maintenance shuts down some gasoline and diesel production units - production of reformulated gasoline for use in California increased 0.6 percent from the previous week, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Production of reformulated gasoline in California refineries averaged 973,286 barrels a day for the week ending January 6, 2006, a 10.2 percent increase over this time last year. Inventories of reformulated gasoline jumped 13.2 percent from the previous week as refiners stockpiled supplies to carry them through this period of planned repairs. CARB gasoline inventories are 0.4 percent below last year's levels.

Production of California diesel fuel this week continued at levels well above any reached for this date in the past five years. Diesel production dropped 1.7 percent from the previous week but was 14.2 percent better than at this time last year. Inventories of CARB diesel rose by 10.3 percent over the week and were 24.2 percent higher than at this time last year.

California refineries began planned maintenance in December. The repairs and upgrades should continue on a staggered schedule into March, as many refiners retool to meet new federal ultra-low sulfur standards that go into effect June 1, 2006.

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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