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PREEM's Lysekil Refinery Begins Renewable Fuels Production (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-11-11
Stockholm, Sweden-headquartered PREEM is reporting renewable raw materials are now being converted to Swedish Environmental Class 1 diesel at its Synsat refinery in Lysekil which is being converted to produce 950,000 cubic meters of renewable fuel by 2024.

The plant conversion is part of a larger project that intends to convert the existing plant for the large-scale production of renewable fuels. To begin with, five pct rapeseed oil will be combined with the fossil raw material for a limited period. This test process is within the conditions of the existing environmental permit and represents an important basis for the refinery's conversion.

The increased renewable production will play an important role in ensuring Sweden achieves its climate targets. The conversion is estimated to reduce emissions in the entire value chain by between 1.2 and 1.7 million tpy of CO2 of which the largest reduction will take place in road traffic. At the same time, renewable fuel production will be accommodated within existing carbon dioxide emissions from the refinery. The plant is expected to be operational by 2024 at the latest, according to the release. (Source: PREEM, PR, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000,

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Avril Slashing Biodiesel Production (Int'l. Report)
Groupe Avril
Date: 2020-04-22
Paris-headquartered biodiesel producer Groupe Avril reports it is cutting an unspecified amount of its production and has shut down 3 of its 6 biodiesel plants due to falling demand and plummeting profits resukting from the COVID-19 crisis. Covid-19 pandemic and resulting movement restrictions. The company produces roughly 1.4 million t/yr of biodiesel.

"The prices are catastrophic and are at a level where we should stop everything. We have had prices drop below zero," according to Avril CEO Jean-Philippe Puig. Avril is also a major rapeseed crusher and vegetable oil producer, but its volumes of rapeseed oil destined for production of biodiesel are now lying spare, according to the release. (Source: Avril, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: Avril, Jean-Philippe Puig, CEO, +33 1 4069 4800,

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German Biodiesel Trade Hit New Record Highs (Int'l. Report)
German Biodiesel
Date: 2020-03-06
In Germany, the German Federal Statistical Office is reporting German foreign import and export trade in biodiesel reached a total volume of 3.7 million metric tons (1.1 billion gallons) -- 20 pct above 2018 levels. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, they amounted to 2.3 million tons (690.5 million gallons), cracking the mark of 2 million tons for the first time. This translates to an 18 percent, or 346,000 ton (103.9 million gallons), rise from the previous year.

The Union zur Forderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V -- Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants EV (UFOP) -- notes Germany is the most important country in the European Union to produce and market biodiesel, thus safeguarding the country's rapeseed production. The association has complained that although, in purely arithmetic terms, the entire German rapeseed harvest goes into biodiesel production, there is no positive impact on ex-farm prices. (Source: German Federal Statistical Office, UFOP. 4 Mar., 2020) Contact: UFOP, +49 0 30/31 90 42 02, +49 0 30/31 90 44 85 - fax,,; German Federal Statistical Office,

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Renova Power Plant Completes RME Oil Biofuel Upgrade (Int'l.)
Date: 2019-12-16
In Gothenburg, Swedish waste power plant Renova reports the completion of upgrads to its eight start-up and support burners to operate on with rapeseed methyl ester (RME) oil biofuel. Belgian clean energy company PetroBio completed the upgrade of the existing combustible oil system for operation with RME of which the plant consumes about 550 cubic mpy. (Source: Renova, Biofuels, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: PetroBio, Johanna Linden, CEO , +46 31 335 49 50,,; Ronova,

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Total's La Mede Biorefinery Production Underway (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-07-03
In Paris, energy major Total reports it has begun production at the La Mede biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting the former oil refinery into a new energies complex.

Launched in 2015, the Mede biorefinery can produce 500,000 tpy of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a premium biofuel, as well as biodiesel and biojet fuel for the aviation industry. The facility was specifically designed to process all types of oil. Its biofuels will be made: 60 to 70 pct from 100 pct sustainable vegetable oils (rapeseed, palm, sunflower, etc.), and 30 to 40 pct from treated waste (animal fats, cooking oil, residues, etc.).

As part of May, 2018 agreement with the French Government, Total has pledged to process no more than 300,000 tpy of palm oil -- less than 50 pct of the total volume of raw materials needed -- and at least 50,000 tpy of French-grown rapeseed, creating another market for domestic agriculture. All the oils processed will be certified sustainable to European Union standards.

Total is also examining different biomass conversion pathways, such as thermochemical, biotechnology and algae, and is working in its own laboratories and via R&D partnerships with manufacturers, start-ups, universities and private laboratories, including BioTfueL, Novogy and Renmatix. (Source: Total Website, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Total, Investor Relations: +44 (0 )207 719 7962 l,,

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TOTAL Cautions Consequences of French Palm Oil Ban (Int'l Report)
Total,Palm Oil
Date: 2019-01-14
According to a recent release from Paris-headquartered French energy giant TOTAL, a move by lawmakers to exclude palm oil as an approved feed stock for biofuel production would put its La Mede facility in southern France in serious jeopardy.

In 2018, TOTAL won government approval for the use of palm oil at its former crude oil refinery at La Mede, which it is converting into a biofuel production site.

In December, 2018, French lawmakers voted to remove palm oil from the country's biofuel scheme as of 2020, following longstanding controversy swirling about the environmental and climate change related impact of palm oil which is produced primarily in Asia.

TOTAL previously pledged that palm oil would account for less than half of raw material used, with French rapeseed crops and recycled oil also being used.

Editor's note; See the following Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries previously published response to French and EU palm oil -- climate change concerns. (Source: TOTAL, Star online, 12 Jan., 2019)

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Avril Launches French Rapeseed Biodiesl Plant (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-11-23
UkrAgroConsult is reporting French oilseed specialist Avril Group has begun production of Oleo 100 biodiesel at the country's first "pure" biodiesel plant. The plant will use only french grown rapeseed as a feedstock.

Initially, Avril plans to produce only "a few thousand" tpy of fuel. (Source: Avril Group, UkrAgroConsult, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Avril Group, +33(0), +33(0) - Fax,

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2017 Global Biodiesel Industry Research Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-05-14
The Market Desk 2017 Global Biodiesel Industry Research Report presents key information on the market status of biodiesel manufacturers and is a valuable Biodiesel industry resource.

The report details the biodiesel industry by type -- Rapeseed Oil Based Feedstock, Soybean Oil Based Feedstock, Waste and Residues Based Feedstock -- and by application -- Industrial Fuels, Transportation Fuels, and Chemical Industry. Similarly, within the report, the Biodiesel market is analyzed for rate, value and gross. those three factors are analyzed for sorts, companies, and regions. In continuation of this statistics, sale rate is for numerous kinds, applications and area is likewise included.

The report also details biodiesel industry key companies including product details, potential, rate, value, gross consumption, and sales. Biodiesel market investors and vendors evaluation are given along with details on material and equipment providers.

Report details are HERE. A PDF report sample is available HERE. {Source: Market Desk, Expert Consulting, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Market Desk,

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UK Ferry Trialing Green Biofuels' Green D+ Fuel (Int'l Report)
Red Funnel
Date: 2018-05-04
In the UK, Southamptoon, UK-based ferry boat operator Red Funnel Group reports it is trialing Green Biofuels' Green D+ fuel on its ro-pax ferries which operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

Green D+ is a fossil-free, low-emission renewable diesel fuel made by adding a nanotechnology-patented performance additive to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The HVO is produced from used cooking oil, plant oils such as palm and rapeseed oil, and others.

Red Funnel will trial Green D+ biofuel and varying amounts of low-sulfur marine gas oil to power the ferries' main engines and onboard generators. The aim is to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Red Funnel, Cruise & Ferry, May, 2018) Contact: Red Funnel, Mark Slawsom, +44 0 2380 248500,; Green Biofuels Ireland, Magnus Hammick, COO,; Green D+,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Biofuels,  Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  

Rapeseed as Biodiesel Crop Declining in EU, says Report (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-22
According to a UkrAgroConsult study for the European Commission, rapeseed, the most produced oilseed in the EU will lose ground as a biodiesel feedstock crop over the next decade due to a drop in the demand for biofuels, competition from other oilseed crops, declining policy support and growing competition from imports. A sharp decline rapeseed cultivation to around 6 million hectares by 2030-31 versus an average 6.5 million in the past five years, would outweigh improving yields and push down production, the study added.

Rapeseed oil accounts for more than 60 pct of vegetable oil use in biodiesel production in the EU. The study forecasts biofuel demand for vegetable oils would fall from 10.5 million tpy in 2017-18 to 9.1 million tpy in 2030-31. (Source: UkrAgroConsult, Black Sea Grain, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: UKrAgroConsult, (38 (044) 451-46-34, +38 (044) 220-52-42 (fax),,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Rapeseed,  Oilseed ,  

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