COSTA MESA — Unocal Corp.'s Orange County-based 76 Products Co. said it has completed modifications to its California refineries to produce the reformulated gasoline required by state law.
All refineries in the state must begin making the specially blended gasoline today--many have been producing it for several months already--and all service stations must begin selling it by June 1.
Unocal stations will begin receiving shipments of the new product well before the deadline, said spokesman Scott Carroll.
Because of the higher cost of producing the gasoline, sales in other states are not anticipated, he said.
He declined to comment on Unocal's pricing plans. "The marketplace will decide" whether the price of the new gasoline will increase at the pump, Carroll said.
Unocal spent almost $400 million over three years to modify its Los Angeles and San Francisco refineries, which recently began producing the reformulated gas. Arco spent $600 million on its giant Carson refinery alone.