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For Immediate Release: June 14, 2006
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Overall gasoline and diesel production
remains robust in state

Sacramento - Overall production of gasoline and diesel remained strong in California last week, according to the Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

Overall gasoline production - which includes gasoline for export to nearby states as well as California blend - averaged 1,171,429 barrels a day for the week ending June 9, 2006. The figure represents a slight drop of 0.4 percent from the week before. Overall diesel production was up 7.4 percent for the week.

Refineries shifted some of their gasoline production to exported blends, away from reformulated gasoline for use only in California. The average daily production of 971,000 barrels a day of California-only gasoline represented a 4.8 percent drop from the previous week and was 2.7 percent below output for this time last year. Inventories of California-only gasoline, however, increased 3.1 percent over the week. That figure is still 15.8 percent below last year's unusually high inventories.

As of June 1, California refiners began making "Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel" (ULSD) to comply with new regulations that will require all diesel fuel sold in the state to contain no more than 15 parts per million of sulfur. Production of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel for California dropped 1.8 percent from last week's figures but was 5.1 percent higher than last year's production. Inventories of the cleaner-burning fuel increased 4.5 percent over the week and were 20.0 percent higher than a year ago. Production increased for diesel meeting federal but-not-state ULSD specifications, helping to boost the overall diesel output numbers.

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


Editor's note: The figures released today are preliminary and may change slightly over time.

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