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

California gasoline production off from last week,
but high for this time of year


Sacramento - As seasonal planned maintenance continues at some California refineries and refiners switch to making the summer blend of reformulated gasoline, production was as high last week as it has been in five years, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Production of California reformulated gasoline averaged 927,714 barrels a day for the week ending March 3, 2006, a 7.9 percent decrease from the previous week, but 16.5 percent higher than production at this time last year. Refinery inventories of reformulated gasoline declined a mere 0.1 percent from the previous week, but were 5.0 percent below last year's levels.

Almost all of the refineries in Southern California are now producing summer gasoline, designed to meet the California Air Resources Board's fuel specifications for vapor pressure. Retail stations in much of the southern part of the state must begin selling the summer blend by April 1. For most of Central and Northern California, the deadline for retailers to change to summer blend is May 1; however, a majority of Bay area refiners have already made the switch and are also sending summer gasoline to terminals.

Production of California diesel dropped 16.2 percent from the previous week, a 4.5 percent decrease from last year's figures. Inventories of California diesel fell 13.6 percent from the week before and were 0.2 percent below last year's totals.

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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