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Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
Neste, Fit for 55
Date: 2021-07-23
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

"As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

"Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

"The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

"Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Fit for 55,  


Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
Date: 2021-07-19
Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kinetrex,  LNG,  Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  Marine Fuel,  LNG,  


Fulcrum Completes Nevada Biofuel Plant Construction (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2021-07-09
Pleasanton, California-based low-carbon transportation fuels from municipal solid waste-to-fuel specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy reports construction of the world's first commercial-scale facility that will convert household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel (RD) and renewable gasoline in Reno, Nevada, has been completed.

The plant will convert 175,000 tpy of municipal solid waste into nearly 11 million gpy of syncrude, which would then be upgraded to transportation fuels with the brand Fulcrum Fuel.

Start-up and commissioning of the facility and fuel production is slated for Q4 this year. The company is eyeing eight more locations in the US, which will produce over 400 million gpy of transportation fuel. (Source: Fulcrum BioEnergy, PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Fulcrum, Jim Macias, CEO, Rick Barraza, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  SAF,  Syncrude,  


Emerson Automation to Increase Neste Biofuels Prod. (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2021-07-09
St. Louis-headquartered Emerson Electric reports it will supply automation systems and software support to increase renewable diesel (RD) production to 1.3 million tpy by 2023 at Neste's expanded refinery in Singapore. With the expansion, the refinery will have additional capacity to produce up to 1 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable raw materials for polymers and chemicals, supporting the company's goal to reduce customers' greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy by 2030.

Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi is the world's largest producer for renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residue raw materials. (Source: Emerson, Neste, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Emerson, Ron Martin, 314 553 2000, www.emerson.com; Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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


Neste MY RD Receives Industry's First TOP TIER Cert. (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2021-07-07
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi reports its Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ is the first renewable diesel (RD) brand to receive TOP TIER™ Diesel Fuel certification for its high quality and powerful performance.

The TOP TIER standard was introduced in 2017 and has been endorsed by General Motors, Volkswagen, Detroit Diesel, Navistar, and Ford and other engine manufactureres.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is available in the U.S. at more than 1,400 delivery points across California and Oregon as well as in Europe in Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

According to Neste, "Simply by switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel, fleet operators can immediately transform any diesel powered vehicle or equipment to release no new GHG emissions from the tailpipe with no extra costs and no modifications to existing engines." (Source: Neste Oy, Website PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: TOP TIER, www.toptiergas.com/why_top_tier; Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste MY Renewable,  Neste,  


NextChem, MET Development Plan Bioethanol, Green Ammonia Projects (Ind. Report)
NextChem, GranBio,Maire Tecnimont
Date: 2021-07-02
NextChem and MET Development have reached an agreement with FerSam Uruguay (a private holding company) to develop projects for the production of green ammonia and bioethanol in Latin America.

Under the agreement, Maire Tecnimont Group's subsidiaries and FerSam will undertake feasibility studies for jointly producing green ammonia and developing a second-generation bioethanol project based on Sao Paulo, Brazil-based GranBio's 2G Ethanol technology to which NextChem acquired exclusive worldwide rights in 2020.

Maire Tecnimont Group will contribute technological and know-how in terms of project development, design and engineering and execution to the partnership. (Source: Maire Tecmimont Group, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Maire Tecmimont Group, www.mairetecnimont.com; NextChem, +39 327 0663447, mediarelations@nextchem.it, www.nextchem.com; FerSam Uruguay, www.fersam-group.com; Branbio, www.grabio.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Granbio,  Green Amonia,  Bioethanol,  Maire Tecnimont ,  NextChem,  Renewable Diesel,  


Neste's Porvoo Refinery Back On Line (Int'l. Report)
Neste
Date: 2021-06-28
In Helsinki, Neste Oyi is reporting scheduled maintenance work at its Porvoo refinery in Finland has been completed and the refinery is back in production.

The work came in at approximately €630 million, of which approximately €330 million was realized in the major turnaround in 2021. In 2020, only critical refinery maintenance work was completed due to the corona pandemic.

Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. Neste is the world's leading producer of renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste and helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. The company aims for carbon-neutral production by 2035.

In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion ($14.070 billion) with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste ,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  Biofuel,  


Preem's Lysekil Refinery Producing Renewable Petrol (Int'l.)
Preem
Date: 2021-06-25
Sweden's largest fuel company Preem reports the first catalytic cracker tests to produce 300 tons of pyrolysis oil from sawdust have been carried out at the company's refinery in Lysekil. The plant has also begun processing 50,000 tons of pyrolysis oil. The oil will then be further refined at Preem's refinery in Lysekil, one of Preem's largest refineries producing petrol.

Sweden's biofuel blend rate will increase to 7.8 pct in 2022. Preen plans to produce approximately 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels by 2030, (Source: Preem, PR, Website, 22 June, 2021) Contact: Preem, +46 (0)70-450 10 01, www.preem.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Preem,  


US PBF Considering $550Mn Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
PBF Energy
Date: 2021-06-25
Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey-headquartered PBF Energy reports it is considering a $550 million project that would retrofit an idled hydrocracker to produce renewable diesel at its 189,000 bpd Chalmette refinery near New Orleans, Louisiana. The project would allow Chalmette to produce feedstocks for the retrofitted unit from soybean oil, corn oil and other vegetable oils and animal fats.

PBF is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oils, lubricants, petrochemical feedstocks, and other petroleum products. PBF final investment decision on the project is subject to tax incentives which are expected to be announced later in the summer. (Source: PBF Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: PBF Energy, Steven Krynski, Chalmette Refinery Manager, 973.455.7500 , www.pbfenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  PBF Energy,  


Worley Tapped for Aemetis Carbon Zero Plant (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2021-06-18
Following up on our 30th April report, Cupertino, California-based renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable fuel and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has awarded an engineering services contract to Worley for the Aemetis Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

The Aemetis Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel project is designed to "hydrotreat" renewable oils with hydrogen from orchard and forest wood waste. By utilizing hydroelectric electricity and carbon sequestration along with negative carbon intensity hydrogen, the Aemetis plant is expected to produce among the lowest carbon intensity renewable jet and diesel fuel in the world.

Worley is providing engineering to implement Axens renewable jet and diesel technology at the Riverbank site. Axens's technology hydrotreats a wide range of lipids to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel and renewable sulphur-free jet fuel. The Axens technology produces renewable jet and renewable diesel in an integrated process. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Worley, www.worley.com; Aemetis Biogas, Andy Foster, Pres., Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; Axens, Patrick Sarrazin, Exec. VP, www.axens.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Axens,  Aemetis,  Worley,  RNG,  


LA Terminal Operator Transitions to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report
Fenix Marine Services,California Air Resources Board
Date: 2021-06-16
In the Golden State, San Pedro-based Fenix Marine Services, the Port of Los Angeles container terminal operator, reports it has transitioned its entire fleet of more than 300 pieces of container-handling equipment, as well as some support vehicles, from fossil-based diesel fuel to RD80 renewable diesel fuel blend. Fenix has secured a long-term commitment to supply its total fuel demand with renewable diesel.

The Port of Los Angeles has also launched a 12-month, $82.5 million Shore-to-Store (S2S) project with public and private sector partners demonstrating zero-emission Class 8 trucks in a heavy-duty setting. The S2S project is one of 16 demonstrations underway at the port to accelerate near-zero and zero-emissions solutions for moving cargo.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is supporting S2S with a matching grant of $41.1 million. Project partners, who include Toyota and Shell, are contributing the remaining $41.4 million in financial and in-kind support. Air Liquide is the main hydrogen fuel supplier. (Source: Port of Los Angeles, Fenix Marine Services, Splash247, 15 June,, 2021) Contact: Fenix Marine Services, Sean Pierce, President and CEO , 310-548-8700, www.fenixmarineservices.com; Port of Los Angeles, www.portof losangeles.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diese,  lCalifornia Air Resources Board,  


Neste Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l. Report)
Neste Oyi
Date: 2021-06-16
In Helsinki, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to using 100 pct renewable electricity in its global production operations and to become carbon neutral by 2035.

To that end, Neste has committed to approximately 40 pct of the electricity used at its Porvoo refinery will be renewable wind power in 2025 and will increase the share of renewable electricity with Guarantees of Origin, based on existing renewable electricity generation capacity. Guarantees of Origin will help increase the share of renewable electricity to 100 pct of Neste's electricity needs by 2023.

Neste aims to reduce the indirect greenhouse gas emissions of electricity purchases at its Porvoo refinery by approximately 50,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent. With all the wind power agreements combined, Neste will reduce indirect GHG emissions of its electricity purchases at its various Finnish production sites by approximately 120,000 tpy CO2 equivalent -- roughly the annual carbon footprint of more than 19,000 average EU citizens. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oyi,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Neutral,  


Neste, ITOCHU Collaborate on Renewable Diesel in Japan (Int'l.)
Neste, ITOCHU
Date: 2021-06-11
Neste and ITOCHU Corporation report they are joining forces to deliver renewable diesel to the Japanese market. In this collaboration, ITOCHU Corporation will be the first company in Japan to sell and distribute renewable diesel from Neste. In addition, FamilyMart, which is owned by Additionally, ITOCHU Corporation's FamilyMart convenience store chain will use renewable diesel in delivery vehicles at their distribution center in Yokohama City.

Neste's renewable diesel is produced from 100 pct renewable raw materials and helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 90 pct when emissions over the fuel's life cycle are compared with fossil diesel. The renewable diesel is a "drop-in" fuel fully compatible with all diesel engines, not requiring any modifications to the existing vehicles or fuel distribution infrastructures, according to Neste. (Source: Neste, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Neste, Carl Nyberg, Exec VP, Renewable Road Transportation, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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


Brightmark Announces Georgia Recycling Facility (Ind. Report)
Brightmark Energy
Date: 2021-06-09
San Francisco-based Brightmark Energy reports it will construct the world's largest advanced plastics recycling and renewal fuel facility in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia.

The 5.3 million square-foot facility is expected to cost more than $680 million and upon completion and commissioning will convert 400,000 tpy of plastic waste -- plastic film, flexible packing, Styrofoam, plastic beverage cups, car seats, toys and others -- into 64 million gpy of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks, and 20 million gallons of wax.

Brightmark's first plastics renewal facility in Ashley, Indiana, will divert 100,000 ttpy of plastic waste from landfills, waterways and incinerators, and convert it into 18 million gpy of ultra-low sulfur renewable diesel fuel, naphtha blend stocks and 6 million gallons of wax when fully operational later this year, according to the release. (Source: Brightmark Energy, Website PR, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, 415-689-8395, bob.powell@brightmarkenergy.com, info@brightmark,com, www.brightmark.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark Energy,  


Vertex Acquiring Alabama Refinery for Renewable Diesel Prod. (M&A)
Vertex Energy,Equilon Enterprises
Date: 2021-06-09
Houston-headquartered specialty refiner of alternative feedstocks Vertex Energy Inc. reports it is acquiring the Mobil, Alabama-based Mobile Chemical LP Refinery from Houston-based Equilon Enterprises LLC -- dba Shell Oil Products, Shell Oil Company and Shell Chemical, subsidiaries of Royal Dutch Shell -- for $75 million and will produce renewable diesel at the facility. The deal is slated to close in Q4, this year.

Following a planned $85 million conversion of the Mobile refinery hydrocracking unit by the end of 2022, the refinery is expected to produce roughly 10,000 bpd of renewable diesel fuel and by-products increasing to 14,000 bpd by 2023, according to the company. (Source: Vertex Energy, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Vertex Energy Inc., 281.486.4182 info@vertexenergy.com, www.vertexenergy.com; Equilon Enterprises, 713-241-6161

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertex Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  Equilon Enterprises,  


NBB Thanks Senators, Representatives for Proposing Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
NBB
Date: 2021-06-02
In Washington, "the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and its members thank Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) for introducing the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax credit through 2025. The bill introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House today would provide the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry certainty for an additional three years, supporting continued growth in U.S. production of better, cleaner fuels that are reducing carbon emissions now and boosting rural economies.

"As Congress looks to jump-start economic growth, rebuild infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions, they can count on biodiesel and renewable diesel to help achieve those goals. Biodiesel production is supporting economic opportunities and job creation in rural communities across the country. NBB members sincerely thank Senators Grassley and Cantwell and Representatives Axne and Kelly, along with the 27 original cosponsors.

"The biodiesel tax credit continues to be extremely successful in expanding consumer access to clean, low-carbon fuels. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are on average 74 pct less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel and have cut more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010. Moreover, these cleaner, better fuels substantially cut emissions of particulate matter that impact cancer rates, asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as the associated healthcare costs"

According to the NBB, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans. (Source: NBB, PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


ADM Building New North Dakota Soy Crushing Facility (Ind. Report)
Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2021-05-28
Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting plans to build North Dakota's first dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, a major soybean producing area, to meet fast-growing demand from biofuel and renewable diesel customers and others. The $350 million crush and refining complex will process 150,000 bushels per day of soybeans.

ADM also plans to invest approximately $25 million to expand refining and storage capacity at its crush and refining facility in Quincy, Illinois. This project will fully align the location's refining capabilities with its crush capacity and allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of ADM's food, biofuel and industrial customers. The expanded capacity is expected to be online by Q1 2022, according to the release. (Source: ADM, PR, May, 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland news,  Ethanol news,  


Neste Testing Renewable Gasoline in Sweden (Ind. Report)
Neste Oyi
Date: 2021-05-26
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, reports the final phase of testing of its 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline is now beginning with complete commercial tests of the fuel to follow.

According to the release, Neste's 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline can reduce GHG emission by up to 65 pct over the fuel's life cycle when compared to fossil fuels. Neste is aiming to improve this figure to eventually achieve up to 90 pct emission reduction with an up to 95 pct bio-based content fuel.

The present tests study the properties of the fuel and mix ratios to further reduce emissions before commercial tests. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP Renewable Road Transportation, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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


Bulk of California's GHG Reductions from Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
Diesel Technology Forum
Date: 2021-05-26
The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is reporting newly released data from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) shows that low carbon transportation fuels powering internal combustion engines deliver the Golden State's biggest reduction in transportation-related sources of GHG emissions.

Biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel are the biggest carbon cutting technologies from the transportation sector, edging out ethanol and beating the benefits of electrified cars, trucks and buses by 3:1.

According to Diesel Technology Forum Exec, Dir. Allen Schaeffer, "Cumulatively, over the period of 2011-2020, California's consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels accounted for 43 pct (over 32 million tons) of all greenhouse gas eliminated from the transportation sector, while battery-electric transportation options accounted for only 13 percent (10 million tons)." (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum, dtf@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; CARB, Richard Perry, CEO, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Diesel Technology Forum,  Biodiel,  GHG,  California Air Resources Board,  Renewable Diesel ,  


UPM Advancing Planned Biofuel Growth (Int'l. Report)
UPM
Date: 2021-05-21
Helsinki-headquartered UPM reports basic engineering is underway for a planned next generation 500,000 tpy biorefinery in Kotka, Finland or Rotterdam to produce renewable fuels including sustainable jet fuel (SAF). The company will next define the business case, select the most innovative technology option, including the use of green hydrogen in the production process, and determine the required investment to proceed.

UPM has invested €179 million in the world's first biorefinery producing wood-based renewable diesel and naphtha called UPM BioVerno. The 130,000 tpy UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces UPM BioVerno diesel and naphtha from crude tall oil, a residue of the company's pulp production. (Source: UPM Website, May, 2021) Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 204 15 111, Fax. +358 204 15 110, www.upm.com/businesses/upm-biofuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


ADM Building New North Dakota Soy Crushing Facility (Ind. Report)
ADM
Date: 2021-05-10
Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting plans to build North Dakota] first dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota, to meet fast-growing demand from biofuel and renewable diesel customers and others.

The $350 million crush and refining complex will feature state-of-the-art automation technology and process 150,000 bushels per day of soybeans.

Strategically located in a major soybean producing area, ADM's global logistics network will enable the facility to access both domestic and global markets for soybean oil and meal.

ADM also plans to invest approximately $25 million to expand refining and storage capacity at its crush and refining facility in Quincy, Illinois. This project will fully align the location's refining capabilities with its crush capacity and allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of ADM's food, biofuel and industrial customers. The expanded capacity is expected to be online by Q1 2022, according to the release. (Source: ADM, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  ADM,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Soybean,  


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,  


U.S. Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Jump 12 pct in 2020 (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2021-05-07
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 12 pct to more than 31,000 bpd in 2020 due to the growing demand to meet government programs. This was the second consecutive year that the U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel increased.

EIA notes nearly 60 pct of the U.S. biomass-based diesel imports in 2020 was renewable diesel, primarily from Singapore since 2015. Renewable diesel imports increased to a record-high level of more than 18,000 bpd in 2020 and biodiesel jumped to more than 12,800 bpd. Imports from Canada accounted for the majority of the U.S. biodiesel imports in 2020 at 7,500 bpd -- up 47 pct from 2019. (Source: US EIA, May, 2021)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  U.S. Energy Information Administration,  Renewable Diesel,  


CVR's Wynnewood Refinery RD Production Delayed (Ind. Report)
CVR Energy
Date: 2021-05-07
Sugarland, Texas-headquartered CVR Energy reports its Wynnewood, Oklahoma, refinery is not expected to begin producing renewable diesel (RD) from soybean oil and similar feedstocks until late Q3 this year due to severe weather in February and equipment delivery delays. The project is expected to come in at $135 million to $140 million, up from earlier estimates of $110 million The unit was expected to start processing renewable diesel this July.

CVR is also exploring renewable diesel production at its 132,000 barrel-per-day Coffeyville, Oklahoma, refinery and the possibility of using biomass as a feedstock for its renewable projects. (Source: CVR, PR, Website, Reuters, 3 May, 2021)Contact: CVR Energy Inc., David Lamp., CEO, (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com

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


Alfa Laval Claims €15.22Mn HVO, SAF Equipment Order (Int'l.)
Alfa Laval
Date: 2021-05-05
Alfa Laval is reporting receipt of a €15.2 million order to supply a feedstock pre-treatment processing line to an un-named petroleum refiner to support the production of renewable diesel (HVO) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe.

The order includes Alfa Laval high-speed separators and various compact heat exchangers along with other equipment, engineering, and services to provide a pre-treatment processing line to remove contaminants from fats and oil feedstock prior to the conversion to renewable diesel and SAF. Delivery is scheduled for 2022. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, Website, May., 2021) Contact: Alfa Laval, +46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval,  SAF,  


Neste to Produce 500,000 tpy of SAF in Rotterdam (Int'l. Report)
Neste Oyi
Date: 2021-04-30
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, reports it will invest roughly €190 million to modify its existing renewables production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to enable production of up to 500,000 tpy of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The refinery presently produces mainly Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

Neste expects the project to be completed in the second half of 2023. This extends Neste's growing footprint in the Netherlands and demonstrates the shared sustainability ambitions of Neste, the Dutch government, and the Port of Rotterdam in particular. Together with the company's ongoing Singapore refinery expansion, Neste will have the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel annually by the end of 2023. Currently Neste's sustainable aviation fuel annual production capacity is 100,000 tons. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ in neat form and over the life cycle, reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 pct compared to fossil jet fuel. Neste's revenue in 2020 stood at €11.8 billion, with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the release. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 29 April 2021) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Executive VP Renewable Aviation, Matti Lehmus, Executive VP Renewables Platform, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  Neste,  


ExxonMobil Confirms Global Clean Energy RD Deal (Ind Report)
Global Clean Energy,ExxonMobil
Date: 2021-04-28
Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it will purchase renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California biorefinery which is on schedule to begin production early in 2022. The Bakersfield facility will process up to 15,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) from Global Clean Energy's proprietary camelina feedstock.

As previously reported, the original 5-fear agreement signed in August 2020 committed ExxonMobil to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel for distribution within California and potentially other US and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Apr. 27, 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com; Global Clean Energy, Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  Camelina,  ExxonMobil,  Biofuel,  


Strategic Biofuels Plans Louisiana Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Strategic Biofuels
Date: 2021-04-23
Olathe, Kansas-based Strategic Biofuels LLC is reporting plans for its Louisiana Green Fuels project to be constructed inside the Port of Columbia, 25 miles south of Monroe in north Louisiana.

The company expects to produce 32 million gpy of biofuels -- 83 pct renewable diesel and 17 pct renewable naphtha -- from forestry waste such as branches, pine needles and treetops as feedstock. (Source: Strategic Biofuels, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Strategic Biofuels & Louisiana Green Fuels, info@info@strategicbiofuels.net, www.strategicbiofuels.net/louisiana-green-fuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Strategic Biofuels ,  Biodiesel,  


Topsoe HydroFlex Tech. Selected for Tidewater Renewable Diesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Topsoe, Tidwater Midstream
Date: 2021-04-16
In Denmark, Haldor Topsoe reports it has contracted with Calgary-based Tidewater Midstream for the delivery of its HydroFlex technology to be utilized in a new 3,000 bpd renewable diesel -- from a variety of 100 pct feedstocks -- facility to be constructed at Tidewater's existing Prince George, British Columbia refinery -- subject to final investment decisions. The facility is expected to be Canada's first commercial-scale stand-alone renewable diesel plant.

Topsoe's HydroFlex is the industry-leading technology for production of renewable jet and diesel provides lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, lower carbon intensity (CI) score, better diesel yield, and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications, according to the company. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, Website, Biofuels Int'l., 15 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tidewater Midstream, Joel MacLeod, CEO, (587) 475-0210, jmacleod@tidewatermidstream.com, www.tidewatermidstream.com; Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media, +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com

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PNNL Touts Biocrude Conversion Process Progress (Ind. Report)
PNNL,Bioproducts Institute
Date: 2021-04-14
The U.S. DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is reporting a large-scale demonstration using hydrothermal liquefaction to convert wastewater sludge and food waste biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness.

"The research showed that essentially any biocrude, regardless of wet-waste sources, could be used in the process and the catalyst remained robust during the entire run. While this is just a first step in demonstrating robustness, it is an important step," according to John Holladay, a PNNL scientist and co-director of the joint Bioproducts Institute, a collaboration between PNNL and Washington State University.

According to the PNNL release, Wet wastes from sewage treatment and discarded food can provide the raw materials for an innovative process called hydrothermal liquefaction, which converts and concentrates carbon-containing molecules into a liquid biocrude. This biocrude then undergoes a hydrotreating process to produce bio-derived fuels for transportation.

The next steps for the research team include gathering more sources of biocrude from various waste streams and analyzing the biofuel output for quality. In a new collaboration, PNNL will partner with a commercial waste management company to evaluate waste from many sources. Ultimately, the project will result in a database of findings from various manures and sludges, which could help decide how facilities can scale up economically. The project is supported by the DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). (Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PR, Website, 12 Apr., 2021) Contact: PNNL, Michael Thorson, Project Manager, www.pnnl.gov; John Holladay, Co-director Bioproducts Institute, contact.bpi@ubc.ca, www.bpi.ubc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioproducts Institute,  PNNL,  Biofuel,  Biocrude,  


Honeywell UOP Tech. Slated for Paraguay Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
Hoenywell
Date: 2021-04-14
Honeywell reports Brazil-based ECB Group will use the UOP Ecofining™ process to convert vegetable oils and inedible animal fats into renewable diesel and jet fuel (SAF) at the new Omega Green production facility in Villeta, near Asuncion, Paraguay -- the country's first advanced Biofuels project. Honeywell will also provide technology and engineering services for the project which will produce up to 20,000 bpd of renewable diesel and SAF when fully operational .

The UOP Ecofining process is used in most 100 pct-biofeed units producing renewable diesel -- and all of the licensed renewable jet fuel production -- in the world today. UOP currently has licensed 20 Ecofining units in nine countries , processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks, according to the company release. (Source: Honeywell, PR, Energy Global, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com, www.uop.com/biofuels, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywellprocess.com; ECB Group, www.ecbgroup.com.br/en/group/ecb-paraguay/ecb-group-paraguay

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell UOP,  SAF,  Biofuel,  


Neste Expands SAF Hub in Northern California (Ind. Report)
Neste, AvFuel
Date: 2021-04-14
Neste Oyi and NuStar Energy L.P. is reporting supply trucks are now able to load Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ at the NuStar-operated Selby Terminal near San Francisco, California. The first gallons have been safely picked up and delivered to the nearby Monterey Regional Airport.

Due to the strategic location of the Selby Terminal, Neste and its partners Avfuel and Signature Flight Support are now able to supply sustainable aviation fuel to a growing number of airports across the western United States.

NuStar handles and stores a significant proportion of the total low-carbon fuels volumes utilized in California, including nearly 27 percent of renewable diesel, 18 percent of ethanol, and 6 pct of biodiesel.

In 2020, Neste established a continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) from NuStar's Selby Terminal using an existing pipeline - a first for the industry. (Source: Neste Corporate News, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: Avfuel, Craig Sincock, CEO, 734-663-6466, www.avfuel.com; Monterey Jet Center, 831-373-0100, www.montereyjetcenter.com; Neste, Chris Cooper, VP North Am., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  AvFuel,  SAF,  


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,  

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