Biofuels

GE awarded service contract for biorefinery

PARIS — GE Power was selected by Alco Bio Fuel, one of Belgium’s major biorefineries, to deploy its Predix-based Asset Performance Management (APM) solution to future-proof the refinery’s power-generation unit’s refinery field operations. The service contract will last for 10 yr, and GE will also be responsible for providing on-site service support.

EIA: US biodiesel production still increasing despite expiration of tax credit

Through the first nine months of 2017, US biodiesel production levels were slightly higher than 2016 levels, despite the expiration of a federal biodiesel blender's tax credit at the end of 2016.

Argentina to levy 8% tax on biodiesel exports

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina will put an 8% tax on biodiesel exports starting next year, the government said in its official gazette on Wednesday, just days after the United States accused the South American country of subsidizing the fuel.

Neste picks Singapore for new biofuel refinery

Neste's Board of Directors has decided that Neste's additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design of the new production line, with the aim of a final investment decision by the end of 2018.

Trump to meet US senators to discuss biofuels policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation's biofuels policy to protect oil refining jobs.

US confirms duties on Argentine, Indonesian biofuel

CHICAGO (Reuters) — The US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday made a final finding that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia harm US producers, ensuring that anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties remain in effect for at least 5 yr.

Tri Delta transit to use Neste biodiesel

Tri Delta Transit, an Eastern Contra Costa County Transit Authority in California, has switched their entire fleet of transit buses from operating on petroleum diesel to using only Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

Africa: The rise in Africa’s oil storage infrastructure investments

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

The drop in crude oil prices, a growing transportation sector and an underperforming crude processing industry have created a strong demand for additional storage facilities in Africa, which is the preferred method of meeting fuel consumption requirements.

Editorial Comment: Hydrocarbon Processing forecasts $361 B in total HPI spending in 2018

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the state of the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI)?

EPA sets US biofuels targets slightly higher for 2018

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The US Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will require fuel companies to blend slightly more biofuels into the nation's gasoline and diesel next year, reversing a previous proposal for a small cut.