CERAWeek '17: Motiva CEO discusses impact of border tax, US regulations

Implications of a proposed border tax could create higher crude and product prices, inflated margins and increased operating costs for the US refining industry, Dan Romasko, president and CEO of Motiva Enterprises said during a panel discussion at CERAWeek Tuesday, March 7.

OxyChem, Mexichem announce startup of JV ethylene cracker in Texas

INGLESIDE, Texas — Ingleside Ethylene, LLC, the 50/50 JV between Occidental Chemical Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V., announced that its ethylene cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, Texas, complex began operations on schedule and on budget. The ethylene cracker is currently in a production stabilization phase.

RFA, Department of Commerce host program to match US ethanol sellers, international buyers

SAN DIEGO — For the second consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration to host an International Buyer Program (IBP) at the National Ethanol Conference. The program is designed to introduce US ethanol sellers to foreign buyers in an effort to expand US exports.

KBR awarded revamp contract for Korean ethylene plant

HOUSTON -- KBR, Inc. announced it has been awarded a technology licensing and basic engineering design (LBED) revamp contract by LG Chem for its Ethylene Plant at Daesan, South Korea.

Trump seeks to quell ethanol industry worry as Pruitt enters EPA

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday assured ethanol industry advocates of their importance in US energy strategy in an apparent bid to quell concerns over potential changes to policies that mandate the use of such renewable fuels.

RFA: Net US ethanol exports reached 1.01-B gallons in 2016, a record high

WASHINGTON — Net exports of ethanol from the United States set a new record of 1.01 billion gallons in 2016, according to a new eight-page summary of 2016 ethanol trade data published by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Buffett's BNSF cuts ethanol shipper costs amid push for safer train cars

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- BNSF Railway Co will start offering discounts to ethanol shippers this April if they agree to use new, safer train cars, as it pushes to scrub puncture-prone ones from its rail lines at a faster pace than required by US regulations.

LyondellBasell completes Corpus Christi complex expansion

HOUSTON, and LONDON -- LyondellBasell, one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced completion of the 800 million pounds-per-year ethylene expansion project at the company's Corpus Christi, Texas, site.

China cancels ethanol imports as tax hike threatens trade

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese buyers have cancelled up to seven cargoes of ethanol due to arrive by the end of March, sources said, the first sign that a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand from the world's fastest-growing market.

Oberon Fuels, Mack Trucks begin demonstration of a Dimethyl Ether-powered truck

NEW YORK -- Oberon Fuels, a producer of clean-burning Dimethyl Ether (DME) transportation fuel, announced the commencement of the first-ever customer demonstration of a DME-powered Mack truck, a Mack Pinnacle. Oberon and Mack are working with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to run the vehicle at the Fresh Kills Landfill and evaluate performance and overall drivability.