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California gasoline production rises slightly
even with refinery maintenance
Sacramento - Even though some refiners are producing below full capacity as planned maintenance shuts down some gasoline and diesel production units, production of reformulated gasoline for use in California increased 2.6 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 895,714 barrels a day for the week ending January 27, 2006, a 5.4 percent increase over a year ago. Inventories of reformulated gasoline declined 3.7 percent from the previous week, but were 12.7 percent above last year's levels.
Production of California diesel increased 3.7 percent for the week, a figure that was 8.8 percent above last year's. Inventories of California diesel, which fell 12.3 percent over the week, were still 3.9 percent higher than at this time last year.
California refineries began planned maintenance in December. Refinery repairs and upgrades should continue on a staggered schedule into March. Many refiners are retooling 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
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