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S&P Global Platts looks to revise methodology for Chicago Argo ethanol prices assessments

S&P Global Platts looks to revise methodology for Chicago Argo ethanol prices assessments

February 21, 2019 |

In Illinois, following a period of industry consultation, S&P Global Platts announced a proposal to revise the methodology for its Ethanol Chicago (terminal) price assessment to expand the delivery (offtake) options to include barge, rail and truck loading, effective May 1, 2019. “By this proposal, we will expand delivery options for our Ethanol Chicago price assessment, […]

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Liverpool’s giant 90-ton fatberg has a future as biodiesel

Liverpool’s giant 90-ton fatberg has a future as biodiesel

February 21, 2019 |

In the UK, an 84-meter long, 90-metric ton fatberg has been found in the sewers of Liverpool which will be converted into biodiesel after removal and elimination of objects like wet wipes. After failing to remove it with high pressure water guns, it will now have to be removed manually using pickaxes and shovels, an […]

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Singapore’s USP Group sells Biofuel Research to JV

Singapore’s USP Group sells Biofuel Research to JV

February 21, 2019 |

In Singapore, USP Group Limited announced that it has entered into a non-binding term sheet with AJ Shanaya Venture Pte Ltd, a company jointly owned by the founders of AJ Jetting Pte Ltd and Shanaya Environmental Services Pte Ltd, to sell its subsidiary company, Biofuel Research Pte Ltd to them. Biofuel Research Pte Ltd is […]

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SVPGlobal buys White Energy ethanol plant and gluten facility

SVPGlobal buys White Energy ethanol plant and gluten facility

February 21, 2019 |

In Texas, Strategic Value Partners and its affiliates (“SVPGlobal”) announced an agreement to purchase food ingredient and ethanol businesses from White Energy. The purchase includes two integrated plants in Russell, Kansas: the nation’s largest vital wheat gluten manufacturing facility and one of the nation’s most cost-efficient ethanol production facilities. With an annual production capacity of […]

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Epitome Energy hopes to break ground on $150 million soybean complex in spring 2021

Epitome Energy hopes to break ground on $150 million soybean complex in spring 2021

February 21, 2019 |

In Minnesota, local press reports that Epitome Energy could break ground on its proposed $150 million soybean crushing and biodiesel facility in spring 2021 should everything go as planned, with the build period seen at around 18 months. The project has received a $450,000 grant from the state’s department of transportation to improve rail infrastructure […]

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India looking to ramp up aviation biofuel production to support air force

India looking to ramp up aviation biofuel production to support air force

February 21, 2019 |

In India, the Hindu newspaper reports that the government is trying to set up 1,000 liter per day aviation biofuel plants in five states across the country in part to help fuel a two-year testing program by the air force that will trial the fuel in all of its aircraft types such as helicopters, transport […]

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Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

February 21, 2019 |

In Louisiana, a Louisiana State University Mechanical Engineering graduate student Is currently working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli bacteria to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner. The main goal is to create Malonyl-CoA bioproducts, such as biodiesel, plastics, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Malonyl-CoA is found in bacteria from humans and has important […]

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EPA preparing several options for RIN reform

EPA preparing several options for RIN reform

February 21, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that the under orders from President Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to propose a complete reform of RIN trading that would keep speculators such as banks out the market. There has been concern that speculation has led to higher RIN prices that have in turn burdened some parts of […]

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Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

February 20, 2019 |

In Louisiana, Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, has announced the completion of a major investment project at its Geismar, Louisiana facility, bringing a new plant online that will increase carbon monoxide supply to customers in the Geismar area. The plant incorporates a new carbon monoxide purification train with more than 13 million […]

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Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

February 20, 2019 |

In Minnesota, the state’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.8 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (a high-protein animal feed) and 283 […]

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