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Overall gasoline production up at
California refineries during maintenance season


Sacramento-Overall gasoline production in California refineries - which includes gasoline for export to neighboring states as well as California's unique blend of cleaner-burning fuel - was up 3.4 percent from the previous week, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

California reformulated gasoline production, when considered alone, fell 1.5 percent from the previous week, a 5.5 percent drop from one year ago. Refiners averaged 872,857 barrels a day of the California-only gasoline. Despite the decline in production, inventories of reformulated gasoline increased 4.4 percent from the previous week and are 5.8 percent more abundant than at this time last year, indicating plentiful supplies.

Production of California diesel this week increased only 1.8 percent from the previous week but was 16.4 percent higher when compared to this time last year. Inventories of CARB diesel fell 13.0 percent over the week but were still 9.6 percent higher than one year ago.

California refiners are well into the annual "turnaround" season-the time of year when planned maintenance shuts down some gasoline and diesel production units. Repairs and upgrades should continue on a staggered schedule into March, as many refiners retool to meet new federal standards that go into effect June 1, 2006, for ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

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

www.energy.ca.gov/database/fore

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