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For Immediate Release: February 8, 2006
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

California gasoline production up
5.4 percent during continuing maintenance


Sacramento-Production of the reformulated gasoline used in California increased 5.4 percent when compared to the previous week's output but was still 1.3 percent less than at this time last year, according to the latest Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Production of reformulated gasoline in California refineries averaged 944,000 barrels a day for the week ending Friday, February 3, 2006. Inventories of reformulated gasoline remained stable, rising only 0.7 percent from the week before, 1.0 percent less than refinery stockpiles at this time last year.

With the refinery "turnaround" season in full swing, some refiners have production units off line for maintenance. As a result, production of California diesel fuel fell 12.2 percent from the previous week, although it was 3.3 percent higher than production for this time one year ago. Inventories of CARB diesel declined by 0.8 percent for the week, a figure that was 15.6 percent higher than inventories one year ago.

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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