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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2006
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Overall California gasoline production up,
diesel production down from last week


Sacramento - With some California refineries experiencing planned and unplanned maintenance last week, refiners shifted some production away from California reformulated gasoline to make more conventional gasoline. Diesel production dropped significantly, but diesel inventories remained much higher than last year, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Production of overall gasoline-including conventional gasoline exported to nearby states-was 6.6 percent higher than the previous week, but 4.5 percent below output for the end of March 2005. Overall gasoline inventories declined 2.1 percent for the week, putting them the same as they were at this time one year ago.

Production of reformulated gasoline for use only in California averaged 904,143 barrels a day for the week ending March 31, 2006. That figure is 5.4 percent below the previous week's output and 6.5 percent below production last year. Inventories of reformulated gasoline fell 6.7 percent from the previous week and were off 4.9 percent from last year's levels.

California diesel production fell 21.7 percent from the previous week, a 25.2 percent drop when compared to a year ago. CARB diesel inventories remained steady, however, rising just 0.2 percent for the week. Supplies are 46.4 percent more abundant than at this time last year.

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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