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For Immediate Release: February 22, 2006
Media Contact: contact here - Rob Schlichting


California gasoline production
tops 1 million barrels a day for first time in 2006


Sacramento - For the first time since December 23, 2005, California refiners produced an average of more than a million barrels of gasoline a day, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Production of reformulated gasoline in California refineries averaged 1,003,286 barrels a day for the week ending February 17, 2006, a 4.8 percent increase over the previous week, but 5.0 percent less than production one year ago. Refinery inventories of reformulated gasoline declined 4.1 percent from the previous week and were 2.7 percent below last year's levels.

Production of California diesel also increased 10.2 percent for the week, a 9.6 percent increase above last year's figures. Inventories of California diesel, which fell 8.5 percent from the week before, were 12.9 percent higher than at this time last year.

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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