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CCS Gains Industry Support in Houston (Ind. Report)
Houston CCS
Date: 2021-09-17
In Houston, eleven companies -- Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66 and Valero -- have reportedly expressed interest in supporting the large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Houston and have agreed to begin discussing plans that could lead to capturing and safely storing up to 50 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2030 rising to roughly 100 million metric tpy by 2040.

The companies plan to help address industrial CO2 emissions in one of the largest concentrated sources in the United States. Collectively, the 11 companies are considering using CCS technology at facilities that generate electricity and manufacture products that society uses every day, such as plastics, motor fuels and packaging.

If CCS technology is fully implemented at the Houston-area facilities these 11 companies operate, nearly 75 million metric tons of CO2 could be captured and stored per year by 2040. There are ongoing discussions with other companies that have industrial operations in the area to add even more CO2 capture capacity. They could announce their support at a later date and add further momentum toward the city of Houston's ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Wide-scale deployment of CCS in the Houston area will require the collective support of industry, communities and government. If appropriate policies and regulations are put in place, CCS could generate tens of thousands of new jobs, protect current jobs and reduce emissions at a lower cost to society than many other widely available technologies. The 11 companies will continue to advocate for policies that enable the long-term commercial viability of new, expanded and existing CCS investments in Texas. (Source: Houston CCS, PR, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Houston CCS, Scott Castleman, (304)-421-2057, scott@locuststreet.com, www. houstonccs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


ADM, Marathon Soybean Oil RD Project Underway (Ind. Report)
ADM, Marathon Petroleum,Cargill
Date: 2021-08-25
Further to our 28 May coverage, Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) reports demolition is underway on a portion of the former Cargill Malting Plant in Spiritwood, North Dakota. The repurposed site will host a new ADM, 150,000 bushel per day soybean processing / crushing plant operated as a joint venture to produce renewable diesel (RD) fuel. Construction is slated to get underway later this year, according to ADM.

ADM will own 75 pct of the planned $350 million plant while Marathon will hold 25 pct. The Spiritwood plant will process locally-sourced soybeans into about 600 million ppy of refined soybean oil to be processed into roughly 75 million gpy of renewable diesel(RD) at Marathon's Dickinson, North Dakota refinery, according to the ADM release. (Source: ADM, PR, Website, Grand Falls Herald, 22 Aug., 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; ADM, www.adm.com; Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland ,  Marathon Petroleum,  Cargill,  Renewable Diesel,  Soybean Oil,  


ADM, Marathon JV Supports Soybean Oil Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
ADM, Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2021-08-20
Findly, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) are reporting an agreement to form a joint venture for the production of soybean oil to supply rapidly growing demand for renewable diesel (RD) fuel..

Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture will own and operate ADM's previously reported soybean processing facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota, with ADM owning 75 pct of the joint venture and MPC holding the balance. When complete in 2023, the Spiritwood facility will source and process local soybeans and supply the resulting soybean oil exclusively to MPC.

The Spiritwood complex is expected to produce approximately 600 million ppy of refined soybean oil -- sufficient feedstock for approximately 75 million gpy of renewable diesel.

In addition to the Spiritwood joint venture, the companies anticipate working together to explore other opportunities for agriculture to support renewable transportation fuels, according to the release. (Source: ADM, Website PR, 19 Aug., 2021) Contact: Marathon, www.marathonpetroleum.com; ADM, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  ADM,  Marathon Petroleum,  Soybean Oil,  Renewable Diesel,  


DOE Co-Optima Biofuel, Combustion Engines Initiative Winners Picked (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2021-05-14
In Washington, The U.S. DOE is reporting the selection of four projects totaling $1 million to conduct cutting-edge applied R&D concerning the interaction between promising biofuels and combustion engines. The projects will leverage a range of National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, and aim to help bring these fuel-engine combinations closer to commercial adoption. The Co-Optima initiative provides American industry with the scientific knowledge needed to maximize vehicle performance and efficiency, leverage domestic fuel resources, and reduce life cycle emissions. DOE awarded funding to the following projects:
  • Aramco Services Company (Houston, Texas), Marathon Petroleum Company (Findlay, Ohio), and Caterpillar (Peoria, Illinois) will work with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to identify bio-blendstock characteristics that will provide the best 87 anti-knock index gasoline for heavy-duty gasoline compression ignition engines.

  • The Coordinating Research Council (Alpharetta, Georgia) will work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop an isotope ratio mass spectrometry method as a cost-effective means to identify renewable content in co-processed biomass- and fossil-derived fuels.

  • Cummins (Columbus, Indiana) will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a deeper fundamental understanding of how physical and chemical fuel properties affect mixing-controlled compression ignition combustion in medium-duty engines through computational fluid dynamics simulations.

  • Shell (Houston, Texas) will work with ORNL and ANL to quantify how fuel volatility can be used to increase anti-knock performance, in order to increase engine efficiency and the use of biomass-derived fuels.

    Each awardee will receive up to $250,000 in National Laboratory assistance for experimental or computational projects that leverage innovative capabilities in the areas of bioblendstock fuel property, production, and combustion performance research. The projects will also focus on the impacts of adoption of co-optimized fuel-engine combinations. Each of the awardees has committed to a 20 pct cost share contribution.

    Sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's (EERE) Vehicle Technologies and Bioenergy Technologies Offices, Co-Optima partners include ANL, LANL, PNNL, ORNL, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as more than 20 university and industry partners.

    EERE is focused on decarbonizing the transportation sector, the single largest source of domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

    Download Co-Optima Initiative details HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 10 May, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  


  • Marathon Martinez Refinery Set to Produce RD in H2 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Houston-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports its converted Martinez, California, refinery it is on track to begin producing 17,000 bbl/day of renewable diesel (RD) from bio-based feedstocks such as animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil by the second half of 2022 rising to 48,000 bbl/day once the project is completed in the second half of 2023.

    As previously reported, the facility is expected to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Marathon Confirms Renewable Diesel Project Progress (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Following up on our Oct. 7th report, Ohio-headquartered oil industry giant Marathon Petroleum is in the process of starting up its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, and advancing plans to covert its Martinez, California, refinery to renewable diesel.

    When fully operational in 2022, the Dickinson facility is expected to produce 12,000 bpd of renewable diesel from animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil feedstocks, and the Martinez, California facility will to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, Nov, 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Marathon Planning Plant Conversion to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2020-10-16
    Ohio-headquartered oil giant Marathon Petroleum Corporation reports it is investigating cost and other factors for a planned conversion of its presently idled Martinez petroleum refinery to produce renewable diesel.

    Subject to approvals, the renewable diesel project would use animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil as feed-stocks and go into production from 2022, with an upgrade to 736 million gpy -- full-capacity -- in 2023.

    Conversion of the Martinez facility is intended to reduce the facility's greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct , air pollutants by 70 pct and water consumption by 1 billion gpy, according to a company release. (Source: Marathon Petroleum Corp., PR, Zacks, 15 Oct., 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon Petroleum,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Marathon Planning Calif. Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports it has applied for permits to convert its presently shuttered petroleum refinery in Martinez, California to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel from animal fat, soybeans, corn oil and similar feedstocks beginning in 2022.

    Marathon's renewable fuels projects include ethanol production through a Midwest joint venture, investment in its biofuels subsidiary Virent and the conversion of a refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, to renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon Petroleum, PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; Virent Inc., Lee Edawards, CEO, Jeff Moore, Exec. VP, Operations, (608) 663-0228, www.virent.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon Petroleum,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative Fuel,  Virent ,  


    Marathon Acquires Beatrice, Nebraska Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Marathon
    Date: 2020-07-20
    Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum Corp. is reporting acquisition of the idled 50 million gpy Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska.

    Marathon plans to use the facility to aggregate and pre-treat corn oil, soybean oil and rendered fats feedstocks prior to shipping them to its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota. The Dickinson plant is being upgraded to initially co-process renewable diesel and will eventually be converted to 100 pct renewable diesel production. (Source: Marathon Petroleum Corp., PR, July, 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121 – Media, www.marathonpetroleum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel news,  Marathon news,  


    The Andersons Report COVID Driven Shutdowns, Losses (Ind. Report)
    The Andersons
    Date: 2020-05-11
    According to its recently released Q1 earning report, Maumee, Ohio-based The Andersons Inc -- The Andersons Ethanol Group lost $29.4 million in Q1, 2020 compared to a $5.4 million profit in the same period of 2019. The loss is being widely attributed to thew the CONID-19 crisis and greatly diminished demand for transportation fuel.

    In March the company ceased production at its Colwich, Ks. ELEMENT facility and soon thereafter shut down production at four facilities owned by The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC (TAMH), a joint venture between The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum Corp.

    The Andersons as the Plant Nutrient Group made $20.4 million and adjusted EBITDA improved by $1.9 million year-over-year. The Andersons is implementing cost-cutting measures and plans to cut 2020 costs by $20 million. (Source: The Andersons, Toledo Blade, 6 May, 2020) Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, hostmaster@andersonsinc.com, www.andersonsinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News The Andersons,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Andersons, Marathon Pet. Merge Ethanol Interests (Ind. Report, M&A)
    The Andersons, Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2019-10-02
    In the Buckeye State, Maumee-based The Andersons, Inc. reports it and Marathon Petroleum Corporation have merged four ethanol entities with and into the new legal entity The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC (TAMH) -- 50.1 pct Marathon and 49.9 pct The Andersons.

    The merge includes ethanol facilities in Albion, Mich.; Clymers, Ind.; and Greenville, Ohio, which were all previously jointly owned by The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum; and The Andersons' wholly-owned ethanol facility in Denison, Iowa. Under the merger, The Andersons will continue to operate the four plants. The merged entities combined debt has been refinanced under a new $200 million TAMH credit facility, according to the release (Source: The Andersons, Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2019) Contact: The Andersons, www.andersonsinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News The Andersons,  Marathon Petroleum,  Ethanol ,  


    Tesoro Fined for Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations (Ind Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing LLC -- now Marathon Petroleum Corp. -- for misreporting 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol, including under-reporting 403 million gallons of LCFS deficit-generating fuels, thus violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

    The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports.

    The LCFS, which encourages the use of cleaner, low-carbon fuels, is one of several programs developed under The Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B.32). It works with other A.B.32 programs, such as cap-and-trade, the zero-emission vehicle program and the renewable portfolio standard, to achieve California's GHG-reduction goals. (Source: CARB, 31 May, 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  

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