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For Immediate Release: March 22, 2006
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Overall California gasoline and diesel
production up from 2005 numbers


Sacramento - refiners shifted some production away from California reformulated gasoline to make more conventional gasoline and diesel last week, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

With some refiners producing below full capacity as planned and unplanned maintenance shuts down some gasoline and diesel production units, production of overall gasoline - including conventional gasoline exported to nearby states - was 1.6 percent higher than at this time last year, but 3.3 percent less than output the previous week.

Production of reformulated gasoline for use only in California averaged 860,286 barrels a day for the week ending March 17, 2006. The figure is 6.6 percent below the previous week's output and 8.5 percent below production one year ago. Inventories of reformulated gasoline fell 4.2 percent from the previous week and were off 4.9 percent from last year's levels. Overall gasoline inventories, however, increased 1.8 percent for the week and bested last year's by 1.7 percent.

California diesel production was up 28.0 percent from the previous week and up 34.9 percent when compared to a year ago. Inventories rose 26.4 percent for the week and were 44.6 percent higher than at this time last year, as refiners built up diesel supplies in anticipation of increased demand during the spring planting season.

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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