Greenhouse Gases

IEA: France’s energy transition is vital for energy security

In its latest country review of energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) praised France for setting in motion significant reforms towards more secure, affordable and sustainable energy supplies and the green growth of its economy.

ADNOC to improve energy efficiency by 10% by 2020

ABU DHABI, UAE – The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, today, it plans to introduce measures that will increase energy efficiencies by 10% by 2020. The energy efficiency strategy will reduce ADNOC’s gas consumption by 156 MMcf/d, saving a total of $1 billion by 2020.

Optimize steam usage in refinery flares

In this study, methods to optimize the consumption of dispersion steam in flares were examined at a large refinery that burns a considerable quantity of gas. The desired optimization was achieved by monitoring hydrocarbon emissions using an infrared camera (thermography).

US EPA moves to deny refiner requests to change biofuels program

The US Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to deny several petitions from oil groups to change the country's biofuels program, an issue that has deeply divided the petroleum industry.

Canada's 'chemical valley' city looks to lure green investment

Sarnia, Ontario, home to dozens of Canada's refineries and chemical plants, is lobbying hard to lure a biotech plant to the city as the local petrochemical-powered economy braces for the impact of a provincial carbon-pricing scheme.

Two Florida men convicted and sentenced in biodiesel fraud scheme

Two men have been convicted of participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and US taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming tax credits.

BP announces investment of $30 MM in biojet producer Fulcrum

BP subsidiaries BP Ventures and Air BP businesses have created a strategic partnership with Fulcrum BioEnergy, a pioneer in the development and production of low-carbon jet fuel, in which BP will invest $30 MM.

Saudi Aramco acquires Novomer’s polyol business and associated technologies

Saudi Aramco has acquired the Converge product line and associated operations and technologies from US-based Novomer Inc.

OGCI announces $1-B investment to accelerate development of low emissions technologies

OGCI Climate Investments will aim to deploy successfully-developed new technologies among member companies and beyond.

Refining: High-impact challenges in today’s global refining market

Zurlo, J. A., GE Water and Process Technologies

To stay competitive and thrive in today’s uncertain and volatile energy market that is characterized by major shifts in supply and demand dynamics, refiners must find ways to increase operational efficiencies, maximize productivity and produce refined products at lower costs.