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Los Angeles Gasoline Falls to Two-Week Low on Chevron Unit Start

November 30, 2011

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- California-blend gasoline in Los Angeles fell to a two-week low against futures after Chevron Corp. said the El Segundo refinery in Southern California was operating normally.

Carbob in Los Angeles weakened 1.88 cents to a discount of 0.88 cent a gallon versus gasoline futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 4:20 p.m. New York time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s the first time the fuel has traded at a discount in Los Angeles since Nov. 15.

Chevron’s 279,000-barrel-a-day El Segundo plant, California’s largest oil refinery, is “operating normally,” Rod Spackman, a company spokesman based in El Segundo, said in an e-mail. The San Ramon, California-based company was scheduled to start a fluid catalytic cracker at the plant yesterday after repairs, a person with knowledge of the work said Nov. 21.

Chevron also restored service to a crude unit at the 240,000-barrel-a-day Richmond refinery that was shut Nov. 14 after a fire, two people familiar with the plant’s operations said yesterday.

Carbob in San Francisco slipped 0.38 cent, extending its largest discount to futures since August to 1.38 cents.

California-blend diesel in Los Angeles fell 0.13 cent to a discount of 0.13 cent against heating oil futures traded on the Nymex. The same fuel in San Francisco fell 0.88 cent to a discount of 0.88 cent to futures.

Conventional, 87-octane gasoline in Portland, Oregon, weakened 2 cents to a discount of 5.5 cents to futures, extending the fuel’s lowest level since Aug. 5.

--Editors: Margot Habiby, Dan Stets

To contact the reporter on this story: Lynn Doan in San Francisco at ldoan6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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