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

California gasoline, diesel production
both above 5-year highs for this time of year

Sacramento-Production of reformulated gasoline and diesel in California is higher this week than it has been at this time in the past five years, according to the latest Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

California refineries averaged 964,286 barrels of reformulated gasoline a day for the week ending Friday, February 10, 2006. That output is a 2.1 percent increase over the previous week's production and is 3.4 percent above gasoline production at this time last year.

Inventories of reformulated gasoline remained stable, falling just 0.3 percent from the week before. Inventories are 7.6 percent above refinery stockpiles at this time last year, also above the five-year high for this date.

With the refinery "turnaround" season in full swing, some refiners have production units off line for maintenance. Despite this, production of California diesel fuel rose 14.7 percent from the previous week, a figure that was 17.1 percent higher than production a year ago. This marked the 20th week in a row that diesel production was above the five-year range of highs and lows. CARB diesel inventories declined by 5.5 percent for the week, a figure that was still 7.2 percent higher than inventories one year ago.

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


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