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Shell Invests in LanzaTech's LanzaJet SAF (Ind. Report)
Shell, LanzaTech
Date: 2021-04-09
Petroleum giant Shell reports it has invested in LanzaTech's LanzaJet unit to scale-up the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at LanzaJets 10 million gpy Freedom Pines Fuels alcohol-to-jet facility which is under construction in Soperton, Georgia.

Suncor Energy Inc., LanzaTech, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and British Airways are among the other LanzaJet investors.

LanzaJet's technology is uniquely able to produce up to 90 pct of its fuels as SAF, with the remaining 10 pct as renewable diesel. The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to, ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform, according to LanzaJet. (Source: LanzaTech, Shell, Digest, Apr., 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, LanzaJet, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  LanzaTech,  LanzaJet,  SAF,  


World Energy, Community Fuels Partner on Low-Carbon Fuel (Ind. Report)
World Energy, Community Fuels
Date: 2021-04-07
Boston-based World Energy, a low-carbon fuel provider for the transportation sector, and Stockton-based biofuel producer and distributor Community Fuels are reporting a partnership to enhance access to low-carbon fuels throughout the Golden State.

World Energy, which owns and operates California's only sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel fuel production and distribution hub in Los Angeles County, will provide feedstock for production and other advanced biofuels for blending and distribution to service Northern California customers.

Community Fuels, which produces 22 million gpy of biodiesel, terminal operations will allow for the annual distribution of 85 million gpy of renewable diesel and biodiesel blends upon work scheduled for completion later this year. The company plans to further expand the site's terminal capacity to 200 million gpy in 2022. (Source: World Energy, PR, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: World Energy, Gene Gobolys, Pres., 617-889-7300, Fax - 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net; Community Fuels, 760-942-9306, www.communityfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Energy,  Community Fuels ,  SAF,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


Neste, NYK Ink Renewable Diesel Shipping Contract (Int'l. Report)
Neste Oyi, NYK Line
Date: 2021-03-22
Singapore-headquartered NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., a medium-range product/chemical ocean tanker operator, is reporting a contract with Finland-based Neste Shipping Oy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Espoo, Finland-based Neste Oyj, for the ocean transportation and delivery of renewable diesel from Singapore to North America.

Neste Renewable Diesel (NRD), which is produced from globally sourced wastes and residues such as waste animal fat, vegetable oil and used cooking oil, has chemical properties similar to those of fossil diesel and and reduces Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel. (Source: NYK Line, PR, Hellenic, 20 Mar., 2021) Contact: NYK.Line www.nyk.line; Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  NYK,  


Covenant Updates Planned Sask. Canola HDRD Plant (Ind. Report)
Covenant Energy
Date: 2021-03-22
On the Canadian prairies, Macoun, Sask.-based renewable fuel specialist Covenant Energy provided the following update on its stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) production plant to be constructed in southern Saskatchewan.

When fully operational in 2023, the plant will: produce 6,500 bpd of renewable fuels including renewable diesel, arctic-grade renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF); reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) 80 to 85 pct when compared to fossil fuel diesel; create a demand for 35 million bushels of canola seed (worth roughly $500 million) to produce 325,000-350,000 tpy of canola oil feedstock; and use recycled hydrogen in the production process.

The company has completed initial pre-FEED engineering and feedstock studies, as well as a marketing, demand, and pricing study. The plant is expected to begin production in 2023, subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Covenant Energy, Website PR, Contact: Covenant Energy, Josh Gustafson, Pres., CEO, (306) 421-7442, joshgustafson@covenantenergy.ca; www.covenantenergy.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canola Covenant Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


Cielo Secures New Renewable Diesel Facility Site (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2021-03-08
On the Canadian prairies, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. reports it has secured $10 million in loan funding to purchase the site for its planned 33 million lpy renewable diesel (RD) facility near Edmonton, Alberta.

The site is close to major diesel refineries and feedstock supply, the company release noted. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions, PR, Mar., 2023) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions, Don Allan, Pres., CEO, 403-348-2972, info@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions ,  Waste-to-Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Neste's Bunge Refinery Acquisition Approved (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Neste, Bunge
Date: 2021-03-03
Further to our Nov. 4, 2020 report, Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste reports its planned acquisition of the Bunge Loders Croklaan's refinery located next to Neste's existing biorefinery in Rotterdam has received regulatory approval.

The Bunge facility incorporates a pre-treatment facility, tank farm, jetties and a pipeline connection to Neste's site. The transition of operations is slated for completion before the end of 2024.

The acquisition allows Neste to accelerate the scaling up of its renewable raw material pre-treatment capacity and to expand its annual nameplate production capacity from the current 3.2 to 4.5 million tons in the first quarter of 2023, of which the company's Singapore facility expansion will provide 1.3 million tons. (Source: Neste, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Bunge, www.bunge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Bunge,  


REG Reports 519Mn Gal. Biofuel Production in 2020 (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2021-03-01
In its latest financial results statement, Ames, Iowa-based biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports it produced a record 519 million gallons of biofuels for revenues of $2.1 billion in 2020.

For the 12 month period, gross profit was $268 million -- 13 pct of revenues -- compared to gross profit of $514 million in 2019.

The company noted it expects "robust demand for renewable diesel and biodiesel to continue into 2021." (Source: REG, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: REG, Cynthia Warner, Pres., CFO, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biofuel,  


Green Plains, Summit Carbon Solutions Carbon Offtake Agreement Announced (Ind. Report)
Green Plains, Summit Carbon Solutions
Date: 2021-02-24
Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. reports three of its biorefineries have entered into a long term carbon offtake agreement with Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS), a subsidiary of Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group. With this announcement, the three biorefineries can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their biofuels and Green Plains' products will become true low-carbon ingredients for aquaculture, pet food, dairy and poultry companies and low carbon feedstocks for renewable diesel.

Green Plains will initially connect the biorefineries at Fairmont, Minn., Fergus Falls, Minn. and Superior, Iowa, and have the option to expand to additional locations as the pipeline network grows. When completed, SCS is expected to have infrastructure capable of capturing and sequestering 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to removing over two million cars from the road each year. (Source: Green Plains, Website PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Summit Carbon Solutions, www.summitag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Summit Carbon Solutions,  


EIA Foresees Gradual Biofuel Growth Through 2050 (Ind. Report)
EIA
Date: 2021-02-22
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) on Feb. 3, predicting that the consumption of biofuels as a share of the domestic fuel mix will gradually increase through 2050.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic affected demand for all liquid fuels last year, the EIA notes that biofuel consumption has not decreased as much as petroleum-based fuels. AEO2021's reference case, which represents the EIA's best assessment of how energy markets will operate through 2050, predicts that biofuels consumption will return to 2019 levels in 2021, slightly faster than petroleum-based transportation fuels. As a result, biofuels will account for an increasing share of the domestic fuel mix.

The EIA attributes the quicker rebound in biofuels consumption primarily to regulatory support, such as the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

In the AEO2021 reference case, the EIA projects that the percentage of biofuels blended into the U.S. transportation fuel pool will increase and slowly grow through 2050. In the event of high oil prices, the EIA expects the share of biofuels consumed in the U.S. would rise to a greater percentage as higher prices for gasoline and diesel would make biofuels more competitive.

Biodiesel production is expected to grow slightly in the reference case, maintaining a steady level of supply through 2050. Renewable diesel production is expected to grow at a higher rate. Ethanol consumption is expected to return to pre-COVID levels in later years of the projection period, steadily growing through 2050 because of higher ethanol blends making their way into the on-road transportation fuel, according to the EIA.

Domestic production of other biomass-derived liquids, including pyrolysis oils, biomass-derived Fischer-Tropsch liquids, biobutanol and renewable feedstocks used for the on-site production of diesel and gasoline, is expected to grow by 3.5 percent, reaching 90,000 bpd by 2050. The AEO2020 reference case predicted a 5.3 percent increase, which would equate to 110,000 bpd in 2050. (Source: EIA, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Calumet Announces Montana Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
Calumet Specialty Products
Date: 2021-02-19
Indianapolis-headquartered Calumet Specialty Products reports plans to produce renewable diesel by re-configuring a hydrocracker at its 37,000 bpd redinery in Great Falls, Montana. Plans include converting a 24,000 bpd gas oil hydrocracker to process between 10,000-12,000 bpd of renewable feedstock while running between 10,000-12,000 bpd of Western Canada Select crude.

A project timeline was not announced but the company statement noted that hydrocracker conversions are "typically faster to market, cheaper, and less technically challenging than other methods of producing renewable diesel."

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. specializes in naphthenic and paraffinic oils as well as aliphatic solvents and paraffin waxes production. (Source: Calumet Specialty Products, PR, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: Calumet Specialty Products, (317) 328-5660, www.calumetspecialty.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Calumet Specialty Products,  Renewable Diesel,  


Maire Tecnimont Claims S. Am. RD Biorefinery Contract (Int'l.)
Maire Tecnimont,NextChem,
Date: 2021-02-17
Rome-headquartered Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., through its subsidiary NextChem, and Essential Energy USA Corp. are reporting a front-end engineering design contract and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a new renewable diesel (RD) biorefinery in South America.

Subject to Essential Energy's final investment decision, the biorefinery will produce 200,000 tpy of high-quality renewable diesel from natural oil, waste vegetables oils,tallow and other advanced bio-feedstocks. NextChem will be the exclusive engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project which is expected to be operational in 2023. (Source: Maire Tecnimont, PR, CI 15 Feb., 20210) Contact: Essential Energy USA Corp., info@essentialenergyllc.com www.essentialenergyllc.com; Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., www.mairetechnimont.com; NextChem, +39 327 0663447, mediarelations@nextchem.it, www.nextchem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maire Tecnimont ,  NextChem,  Renewable Diesel,  


Fintoil's €100Mn Hamina Biorefinery Const. Underway (Int'l.)
Fintoil
Date: 2021-02-15
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered Fintoil reports all necessary environmental and construction permits are now in hand for its planned €100 million biorefinery in Hamina and construction is slated to get underway before the month end.

Fintoil's 200,000 tpy refinery -- the world's third largest crude tall oil (CTO) refinery -- is expected to begin commercial operations mid summer of 2022 using Neste Engineering Solutions's patented NEXPINUS technology to refine a kraft pulp byproduct to produce feedstock for renewable second-generation renewable diesel.

In addition to crude fatty acid, the distillation process separates rosin, sterol pitch, and turpentine, which are sold for further refinement. (Source: Fintoil, PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Fintoil, Timo Saarenko, +358 50 310 4425, timo.saarenko@fintoil.com, info@fintoil.com, www.fintoil.com; Neste Engineering Solutions, www.neste.com/about-neste/who-we-are/neste-engineering-solutions

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fintoil ,  Tall Oil,  Renewable Diesel,  


ECB, Shell Ink Aviation Biofuel Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
ECB Group
Date: 2021-02-01
Brazil's leading biodiesel producer, ECB Group Paraguay and Shell Trading (U.S.) are reporting a multi-year deal that will provide more than 500 million lpy of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel to Shell. The contract is expected to run from 2024.

The renewable diesel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and renewable jet fuel (SAF) will be produced at ECB's planned Omega Green biorefinery in Paraguay, with a total production capacity of 20,000 bpd of HVO, SPK/SAF and green naphtha.

The ECB Group venture to build and operate the Omega Green biorefinery includes contractor Honeywell UOP, owner of the renewable fuel refining technology for UOP Process reactors, Crown Iron Works, a U.S. company that provides processing systems and technologies, including feedstock pretreatment technology, and Acciona, one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies. (Source: ECB Group Paraguay, PR, Website, 26 Jan., 2021) Contact: ECB Group Paraguay, +55 54 3632 0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  ECB Group ,  


PREEM Increases Renewable Diesel Production (Int'l. Report)
Preem
Date: 2021-01-25
Stockholm, Sweden-headquartered PREEM reports that with a redevelopment of its Green Hydro Treater (GHT) plant in Gothenburg, the facility can now handle 100 pct renewable raw materialsincluding raw tall oil diesel from SunPine, residues from the food industry and recycled frying oil for renewable diesel production. With the upgrade, the plants renewable diesel production capacity has risen by 40 pct.

PREEM notes a focus on renewable fuels is a cornerstone of its business strategy and the redevelopment is another step toward the company's goal of producing 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels by 2030 and cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 12.5 million tpy -- roughly 20 pct of Sweden's total emissions. (Source: Preem, PR, Website, 22 Jan., 2021) Contact: PREEM, +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  Preem,  


Neste, Avfuel Partnering on Supplying SAF (Ind. Report)
Neste, SAF, Avfuel
Date: 2021-01-15
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste and Avfuel Corp. have announces a strategic partnership to create an efficient, continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the U.S.

Neste will supply Avfuel with SAF in sufficient volumes to meet the growing demands of Avfuel's customers, including fixed base airport operators, flight departments, original equipment manufacturers and commercial operators. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste and will sell the fuel under the brand name Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. (Source: Neste, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Alt. Fuels Manager, (734) 663-6466, www.avfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


NBB Launches Biodiesel Sustainability Now Website (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2021-01-15
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is touting its recently updated Biodiesel Sustainability Now website. The new site will house biodiesel and renewable diesel related sustainability posts from subject matter experts, stories from third-party news outlets, encourage next generation scientists to pursue biodiesel and renewable diesel research, emission reductions share information on how to get involved in the industry, and more.

Visit the Biodiesel Sustainability Now website HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, Website, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: NBB, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org <

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiese,  NBBl,  


Honeywell Touts Simplified Renewable Diesel Tech (Ind. Report)
Honeywell
Date: 2021-01-15
Charlotte, N.C.-based Honeywell reports the introduction of a new UOP Ecofining technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel.

The single-stage Ecofining process produces Honeywell Green Diesel fuel which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no modifications. It also delivers an 80 pct lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum diesel.

The new process uses a combination of catalysts to clean and remove oxygenates and other contaminants from the feedstock, and then "isomerize" the feed to improve its cold-flow properties.

The UOP Ecofining process is used in most 100 pct biofeed units producing renewable diesel worldwide. UOP currently has licensed 20 Ecofining units in nine countries processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks, according to the compamy release. (Source: Honeywell, PR, Website, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions, Ben Owens, VP, GM, (480) 353-3020, www.honeywell.com/us/en/company/sustainability

More Low-Carbon Energy News UOP Ecofining,  Renewable Diesel.UOP Honeywell,  Diamond Green Diesel,  


Shell Invests in Enerkem's Quebec Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada,Enerkem,Forge Hydrocarbons
Date: 2021-01-08
Shell Canada reports it will invest $350 million in a biofuel plant that is slated to open in Varennes, Quebec in 2023.

The plant -- which has received funding from Suncor Energy Inc., natural gas company Proman, Hydro-Quebec and the Quebec and federal governments -- will use Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem Inc technology to process contaminated wood, construction and demolition leftovers, plastics, municipal and solid waste into methanol and ethanol. The plant will use hydrogen produced from hydroelectricity as its gasification agent.

As previously reported, Shell Canada's other biofuels partnership in Sombra, Ont., will convert waste fats and oil into renewable diesel using technology developed by Alberta-based Forge Hydrocarbons Corp.

The Canadian federal government estimates the global biodiesel market will grow to $44-billion by 2025. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Enerkem, Jan., 2020) Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, www.forgehc.com; Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons,  Shell Canada,  Enerkem,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


Neste Takes Stake in US Chemical Recycling Specialist (M&A, Int'l.)
Neste,Alterra Energy
Date: 2021-01-06
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste is reporting acquisition of a minority stake in Akron, Ohio-headquartered chemical recycling specialist Alterra Energy . Neste says the partnership will help Alterra Energy commercialize its proprietary technology in Europe.

Alterra's patented technology transforms waste plastic into petrochemical products that can be further refined into various products and fuels.

(Source: Neste, Recycling Int'l., 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Alterra, Frederic Schmuck, CEO, 330-752-1111, www.alterraenergy.com; Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


CVR Energy Advancing OK Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
CVR Energy
Date: 2020-12-23
Sugarland, Texas-based CVR Energy Inc is reporting Board approval to advance work on a $110-million renewable diesel plant in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

When commissioned and fully operational, the facility will produce almost 100 million gpy of renewable diesel and roughly 6 million gpy of renewable naphth and significantly lower the company's annual Renewable Identification Number (RIN) exposure under the Clean Air Act's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The use of RNG as a transportation fuel has reportedly increased 291 pct over the past 5 years, displacing close to 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). That is the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of driving 18.6 trillion miles in a typical passenger cat. It is the CO2 emissions equivalent of consuming 842 million gallons of gasoline. This equates to the total amount of fuel used by 63,171 transit buses every year, according to trade data(Source: CVR Energy, PR, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: CVR Energy Inc., David Lamp., CEO, (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  CVR Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


Neste Launching MY Non Road (Renewable) Diesel™ (Int'l. Report)
Neste Corp
Date: 2020-12-11
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste reports that the beginning of January 2021, will mark the launch of its Neste MY Non Road Diesel™ fuel oil produced from 100 pct renewable raw materials. Neste MY Non Road Diesel is comparable to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ used in road transport, in terms of the 100 pct raw material base and emissions reduction.

At the beginning of 2021, the Finnish government bio mandate for renewable fuels will be extended to fuel oil. The mandate is intended to promote the use of biofuel oil to replace light fuel oil in heavy equipment, stationary motors and heating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support Finland's and the EU's climate goals. (Source: Neste, PR, All Things Arb, 10 Dec., 2020)Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


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,  


Quebec Supports Woody Biomass-to-Fuel Project (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2020-12-02
The Government of Quebec has announced $5.943 million ($4.55 million US) in funding to a non-profit organization Bioenergie La Tuque (BELT) to develop and demonstrate the potential of producing advanced biofuels from locally-sourced forestry waste, woody biomass in La Tuque, Quebec, Canada. The funding will be used to continue project development and plant design, and the potential of building a renewable fuels plant in the area.

BELT, the Council of the Atikamekw Nation and renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel provider Neste have been jointly assessing the feasibility of utilizing sustainably-sourced forest-based biomass and residues for advanced sustainable biofuels production since 2017.

The BioEnergie La Tuque project would utilize 650,000 metric tpy of forest biomass and aligns with and supports Quebec's established forest product industry and commitment to sustainable forestry management and biodiversity, according to the release. (Source: Neste Corporation, Press Release, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Woody Biomass,  Advanced Biofuel ,  


Neste Shuttering Finland Oil Refinery (Int'l. Report)
Neste Corp
Date: 2020-11-30
Following up on our 16th Sept. coverage, Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp. reports it will shut down its refinery in Naantali, Finland due to declining demand for fossil oil products.

As previously reported, Neste says the demand for fossil oil products will continue to decline, and the share of renewable energy solutions will continue to grow in the coming years. The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially accelerated the decline in demand for oil products which is not expected to recover to previous levels. Fundamental changes are therefore needed to secure the competitiveness of Neste's Oil Products business and to improve its productivity, resource efficiency and adaptiveness to market changes. The changes are expected to result in annual fixed cost savings of approximately €50 million. (Source: Neste, PR, 30 Nov., 2020)Contact: Neste Corp., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  


Neste Announces New Bio-based Feedstock (Int'l. Report)
Neste Oyi
Date: 2020-11-27
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp is touting Neste RE, a new recycled, bio-based feedstock compatible with existing polymer and chemical production infrastructures and usable in a wide range of plastics applications.

Neste is marketing its new solution as both renewable and recycled -- the product's renewable components can be produced from waste and residue oils and fats and sustainably-produced vegetable oils. (Source: Neste, Website, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Neste, Lars Borger, VP Renewable Polymers and Chemicals , www.neste.com/products/all-products/plastics

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  


Cielo Announces Pre-Sale of Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Cielo
Date: 2020-11-23
On the Canadian prairies, Alberta based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is reporting receipt of pre-payment in full for 60,000 litres of renewable diesel at $1.25/litre which is now being produced at the Company's Aldersyde waste to renewable fuel facility. The renewable diesel will be shipped to a third party of the purchaser's choice once Cielo reduces the sulphur content of its renewable fuel down to less than 15 PPM sulphur.

Cielo is also reporting its Aldersyde facility is seeing increased production rates as a result of previously reported design changes and improvements made to increase the distillate flow from the reactor. With the newly fabricated equipment installed late last week, Cielo was able to begin making renewable naphtha and diesel on a continuous-flow basis. The Aldersyde facility is engineered to run 24 /7 to produce approximately 800 lph of distillate for 18 hpd day and then undergo a cooling process for the remaining 8 hpd. (Source: Cielo, PR, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions, Don Allan, Pres., CEO, 403-348-2972, info@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo,  Waste-to-Renewable Fuel,  


TOTAL Using Honeywell UOP to Produce Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l.)
Honeywell UOP, UOP, TOTAL
Date: 2020-11-16
Des Plaines, Illinois-based Honeywell reports TOTAL will use Honeywell UOP Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable fuels, primarily for the aviation industry, at its Grandpuits platform at Seine-et-Marne in France .

Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the biorefinery project that will process 400,000 tpy of feedstock to produce 70,000 tpy of sustainable aviation fuel, 120,000 tpy of renewable diesel and 50,000 tpy of renewable naphtha for production of bioplastics.

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™produced by this process is 50/50 blended with petroleum-based jet fuel at commercial scale and requires no changes to aircraft technology. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Honeywell , www.honeywell.com, UOP , www.uop.com/biofuels, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywellprocess.com; TOTAL, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  UOP,  TOTAL,  Renewable Diesel,  


Repsol Taps Axens Vegan® for Advanced Biofuels Plant (Int'l.)
Repsol,Axens
Date: 2020-11-13
Following up on our Oct. 28th coverage, Madrid-based Repsol has selected Axens Vegan® technology for its first advanced biofuels production plant in Cartegena, Spain.

The new plant is expected to come in at $222.3 million and produce 250,000 tpy of biodiesel, biojet fuel, bionaphtha and biopropane while enabling a reduction of 900 000 tpy of CO2, according to the release.

Axens's technology hydrotreats a wide range of lipids to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel and renewable sulphur-free jet fuel. (Source: Axen Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Axens, Patrick Sarrazin, Exec. VP, www.axens.com; Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Axens,  Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


$1.2Bn Renewable Diesel Facility Slated for Baton Rouge (Ind. Report)
Port of Greater Baton Rouge
Date: 2020-11-11
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is reporting a long term lease proposal with Coral Gables, Florida-based Gron Fuels LLC for 141 acres of port property for construction of a 60,000 bpd renewable diesel from canola, soybean and used cooking oils facility. The estimated $1.2 billion facility, which will also serve as the company's headquarters, will also have the capacity to produce 6,000 bpd of renewable jet fuel.

Gron Fuels is a portfolio company of the Houston-based infrastructure investment firm Fidelis Infrastructure, which invests in complex greenfield projects and has been working with the Louisiana Economic Development agency on the project since 2019. If the lease is approved by the port, as expected, the next step in the process will be for Gron to secure environmental permits. (Source: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, PR 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, 225.342.1660, www.portgbr.com; Gron Fuels, Fidelis Infrastructure, (832) 551-3300 , info@fidelisinfra.com, www.fidelisinfra.com

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Diamond Green Diesel Doubling Norco La. Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
Diamond Green Diesel
Date: 2020-11-04
Diamond Green Diesel reports it will more than double its production of renewable diesel to 675 million gpy at its Norco, Louisiana plant with the completion of a second Honeywell Ecofining process unit with a capacity of 30,000 bpd The facility converts inedible oils and other waste fats into a high-quality renewable diesel fuel. When the second unit is expected to be completed in 2021.

Honeywell Green Diesel can be used as a drop-in replacement in diesel-powered vehicles with no engine modifications, and features up to an 80 pct lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

Diamond Green Diesel is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc.(Source: Diamond Green Diesel, PR, GreenCar Congress, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Darling Ingredients, Melissa A. Gaither, VP IR , (972) 281-4478, mgaither@darlingii.com, www.darlingii.com; Diamond Green Diesel, sales@diamondgreendiesel.com, www.diamondgreendiesel.com; Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com

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Neste Snares Netherlands Refinery for €258Mn (M&A, Int'l Report)
Neste
Date: 2020-11-04
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp. reporting it will purchase the Rotterdam-based Bunge Loders Croklaan refinery for €258 million, subject to regulatory approvals.

The refinery, which is located next to Neste's existing biorefinery, will be used for the pretreatment of renewable raw materials. (Source: Neste, PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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Neste Inks First Asian SAF Supply Agreement (Int'l. Report)
Neste Corp
Date: 2020-10-28
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp. is reporting a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline, that will see ANA become the first airline to use SAF on international flights from both Haneda International airport and Narita International Airports. It and also Neste's first SAF supply agrement with an Asian airline.

ANA and Neste plan to expand the collaboration to a multi-year agreement after 2023. Neste currently has a capacity of 100,000 tpy of SAF but is increasing capacity with a Singapore refinery expansion on a possible additional investment in its Rotterdam refinery. With these additions Neste's SAF production capacity will come in at 1.5 million tpy by 2023, according to the release.

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. The fuel is blended with fossil jet fuel and then certified to meet ASTM jet fuel specifications. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP for Renewable Aviation, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; ANA, www.ana.co.jp/group/en

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Alfa Laval Claims U.S. Renewable Diesel Equipment Order (Ind. Report)
Alfa Laval
Date: 2020-10-21
Lund, Sweden-headquartered heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling specialist Alfa Laval reports receipt of a $14.785 million order to supply a processing line to Dallas-based independent petroleum refiner and marketer HollyFrontier Corporation to support the production of renewable diesel in the US. The order includes Alfa Laval high speed separators, various compact heat exchangers and other equipment, engineering and services to provide a pre-treatment processing plant to remove contaminants from fats and oil feedstock prior to the conversion to renewable diesel fuel. Delivery of equipment is scheduled for 2021.

Alfa Laval's innovative technologies are dedicated to purifying, refining, and reusing materials, promoting more responsible use of natural resources. They contribute to improved energy efficiency and heat recovery, better water treatment, and reduced emissions, according to the release. (Source: Alfa Laval, Website, PR, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Alfa Laval, Johan Lundin, Investor Relations , +46-46-36-65-10, +46-730-46-30-90, www.alfalaval.com; HollyFrontier, Craig Biery, Inv. Relations, 214-954-6510, www.hollyfrontier.com

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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

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REGI Expanding Geismar La. Renewable Diesel Plant (Ind. Report)
REGI
Date: 2020-10-09
Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is reporting plans to invest $825 million to increase the capacity of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery by 250 million gpy to 340 million gpy. Construction should begin in mid to late 2021 for a late 2023 completion date.

REGI Geismar was the first renewable diesel plant built in the U.S. and was acquired by REG in 2014. REG made additional improvements to the plant, taking its initial 75-million gpy nameplate facility up to 90-million gpy capacity.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is supporting the project with an incentive package that contains comprehensive workforce support and tax incentives. (Source: REGI, Website PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 239-8184, Katie.Stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

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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

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Pertamina Opts for Honeywell Tech for Biofuel Production (Int'l.)
PT Pertamina,Honeywell
Date: 2020-09-30
Honeywell has announced the Jakarta-based Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP's Renewable Jet Fuel Process™ technology at its Plaju refinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and UOP Ecofining™ technology at its Cilacap refinery in Central Java.

UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, catalysts and training for the two Indonesian projects. The biorefinery in Plaju will process 20 000 bpd of vegetable oils and fats to produce renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel fuel and green liquefied petroleum gas. UOP also will revamp the existing refinery at Cilacap to process 6000 bpd of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels.

Indonesia imports roughy 1.5 million bpd of refined products -- roughly 30 pct more than its domestic production capacity. According to the National Energy Policy in Indonesia, more than 5 pct of all energy must come from biofuel by 2025. (Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Eng., 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: PT Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com,www.petramina.com; Honeywell UOP, Bryan Glover, VP Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies, www,uop.com

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Neste, Shell Upping Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply (Ind. Report)
Neste,Shell
Date: 2020-09-25
Helsinki-headquartered biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste is reporting an agreement with Shell Aviation to significantly increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

"It (the agreement) brings together Neste's expertise in the production and supply of renewable diesel and SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) with Shell Aviation's world-class credentials in supplying and managing fuel around the world," the company said in a statement. The Finnish company, which has invested heavily in renewables, said the cooperation is in anticipation of increasing demand from airlines to reduce emissions. (Source: Neste, PR, 23 Sept., 2020) Contact: Neste Oyi, Salla Ahonen, VP Sustainability, +358 50 458 5076, , www.neste.com

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NBB Launches BiodieselBetter, Cleaner Campaign (ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2020-09-23
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports the launch of its latest national advertising campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels.

Supported by the United Soybean Board, U.S. Canola Association, and a dozen Qualified State Soybean Boards, this educational campaign allows NBB to reach key decision makers, and audiences who may be less familiar with the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. Along with national buys, a major component includes targeted advertising in the Washington D.C., mid-Atlantic, and California markets.

View the NBB video HERE. (Source: NBB, Sept., 2020) Contact: NBB, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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Petrobras Touts "Biorefino 2030" Biofuels Production Plan (Int'l.)
Petrobras
Date: 2020-09-23
Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras reports it is is working to reduce the carbon intensity of its refining segment by 16 pct by 2025 and plans to produce "new, more modern and sustainable fuel" such as renewable diesel and aviation biokerosene under its Biorefino 2030 program.

The company is also betting on aviation biokerosene -- "BioQAv" -- which is set to become mandatory in Brazil from 2027. The production process of the fuel, through hydrogenation, uses the same raw materials required for the production of renewable diesel. At the same time, industrial units producing BioQAv have renewable diesel as a co-product. (Source: Petrobras, PR 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: Petrobras, Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com

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ECB Planning Paraguay Omega Green Biofuel Plant (Int'l. Report)
ECB Group
Date: 2020-09-18
In Sao Paulo, ECB Paraguay, an ECB Group company is reporting an agreement with the government of Paraguay that authorizes a Free Zone regime for ECB's Omega Green advanced biofuel plant in Paraguay .

The new Free Trade Zone is part of Paraguay's national investment program and is the first of an industrial nature with a focus on exports to countries in Europe, Asia and North America -- the destination of Omega Green products. The decree highlights the initiative's ability to boost foreign trade and add value to raw materials produced in Paraguay, such as animal fats, vegetable oils and waste oils, generate jobs and bring cutting-edge technology to the country.

Launched in February 2019, the $800 million, 20,000 bpd Omega Green project will produce renewable diesel and aviation kerosene (SPK) for export. The engineering project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. (Source: ECB Group, Sept., 2020) Contact: ECB Group, +55 54 3632-0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br

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Cielo Waste-to-Renewable Fuels Plant Back in Production (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2020-09-09
Vancouver-headquartered Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. reports its first waste-to-renewable fuel commercial facility in Aldersyde, Alberta is back in production of distillate from wood waste following the installation of newly designed equipment and modifications to the flow process to resolve problematic production bottlenecks.

Cielo's proprietary catalyst transforms multiple waste streams into renewable diesel and kerosene. CIELO's patent-pending technology is currently being deployed in the Company's Aldersyde, Alberta Facility, where wood waste is being converted into renewable fuels. (Source: Cielo, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions, Don Allan, Pres., CEO, 403-348-2972, info@cielows.com,www.cielows.com

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Calif. Refiners Refocusing on Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Renewable Diesel
Date: 2020-08-21
Further to our August 14 report, Phillips 66, Global Clean Energy, and Marathon Oil are reporting plans to convert their petroleum refineries in the Golden State to renewable diesel production.

Phillips66 plans to use fats and greases, along with used cooking oil and soybean oil, at its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo to produce 19 million bpy of renewable diesel, gasoline, and aviation fuel starting in 2024. A refinery conversion in Bakersfield will use camelina sativa, an oilseed crop grown in rotation with wheat. Global Clean Energy bought the facility in May. It plans to make renewable diesel starting in 2022 and has a deal to sell 2.5 million bbl per year of the fuel to ExxonMobil.

Marathon says it may convert its idled refinery in Martinez to renewable diesel, though it has not given an estimate of the plant's expected capacity or when it will come on-line. Neste, Valero, and REG are also supplying renewable diesel to California where fuel companies are required to purchase enough certified low carbon fuel to reduce the carbon intensity of the state's pool of transportation fuel 20 pct from 2011 to 2030. (Source: Phillips 66, Chemical & Engineering News, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547, joe.gannon@p66.com, www.p66.com

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ExxonMobil, GCEH Ink Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
Global Clean Energy Holdings,ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-08-14
ExxonMobil is reporting a 5-year off-take agreement with Long Beach, California-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California, refinery which is being re-tooled to produce renewable diesel from camelina, cooking oil, soybean oil and distillers corn oil and other non-petroleum feedstocks.

Following scheduled production startup in 2022, ExxonMobil plans to distribute the renewable diesel within California and potentially to other domestic and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Bryan Milton, Pres. ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co, www.exxonmobil.com/en/aviation; Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

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Steeper, Calgary Ink Renewable Fuel-from-Sewage MoU (Ind. Report)
Steeper Energy
Date: 2020-08-05
On the Canadian prairies, the City of Calgary and Denmark-headquartered Steeper Energy’s Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. unit are reporting a MoU for the transformation of the city's sewage sludge and other urban generated bio-organic wastes for the production of sustainable biofuels such as renewable diesel or jet fuel.

Calgary and Steeper Energy are planning a demonstration plant at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in South-East Calgary. The plant will utilize Steeper's proprietary Hydrofaction® technology to produce renewable diesel or jet fuel from a small portion of the city's primary and secondary sewage sludge. (Source: City of Calgary, PR, Biofuel Digest, Aug., 2020) Contact: Steeper Energy Canada, info@steeperenergy.com, www.steeperenergy.com

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