Gas prices rise as refinery maintenance reduces inventories

LOS ANGELES – After nearly three months of declines, Southern California gasoline prices have risen sharply in many areas over the past week, even as prices nationwide have continued to decline, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average self-serve regular gasoline price in California is $5.31, six cents higher than last week. The national average price is $3.75, eight cents lower than a week ago.

The average self-serve regular gasoline price in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.34 per gallon, nine cents higher than last week, 14 cents lower than last month and 94 cents more than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.30, eight cents higher than last week, 13 cents lower than last month and 95 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.41, one cent higher than last week, 18 cents lower than last month and $1.05 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average price per gallon is $5.21, seven cents higher than last week, 15 cents lower than last month and 89 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the average price of $5.30 is four cents lower than last Thursday, 37 cents lower than last month and 94 cents higher than a year ago today.

“Record temperatures this week have significantly increased the likelihood of power outages at refineries across the state, which can take refineries offline for days or even weeks after outages,” the carrier said. word of the Auto Club, Doug Shupe. “Although no outages have been reported so far, vendors with additional supplies of gasoline have raised prices and imported gasoline on freighters is not being delivered at this time in anticipation of future needs. , which has driven up wholesale gasoline prices in Los Angeles over the past week, and some regional refining issues have reduced gasoline production and inventories.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on September 8, the averages are: