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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2006
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

California gasoline production
climbs as conventional gas, diesel falls


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

As a result of the shift, production of reformulated gasoline for use only in California increased 11.1 percent from the previous week, averaging 956,286 barrels a day for the week ending March 24, 2006. That figure is 6.3 percent below production levels a year ago. Inventories of reformulated gasoline fell 2.7 percent from the week before and were off 2.5 percent from last year's levels.

Overall gasoline production, which also includes fuel for Arizona, Nevada and Oregon, fell 3.0 percent for the week, and overall inventories dropped 5.7 percent in comparison to the week before.

California diesel production was 11.1 percent lower than the previous week, a production figure that was coincidentally 11.1 percent higher than last year's. Inventories for the week remained relatively flat, falling only 0.7 percent. However, current California diesel inventories bested last year's levels by 52.6 percent.

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

www.energy.ca.gov/database/fore/

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