Category: International

Canadian Investment Showcase planned for BIO’s World Congress

Canadian Investment Showcase planned for BIO’s World Congress

May 11, 2014 |

In Pennsylvania, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology opens this week. One of the highlight off-agenda activities this week is a Canadian Investment Showcase breakfast hosted Tuesday morning by Biotech Canada.  The breakfast will present partnership opportunities, success stories and identify the funding mechanisms and development clusters available that foreign investors have access to. Among […]

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Ennovor Biofuels announces new leadership team

Ennovor Biofuels announces new leadership team

November 11, 2013 |

In Singapore, Ennovor Biofuels has announced a new set of three managers as the company expands to become the world’s second largest second generation global biodiesel producer by 2015. Chairman John Markham (formerly of ICI) will be brought on for strategic business development, David Frohnsdorff will be brought on as the managing director for production, […]

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Coconut oil exports skyrocket as the Philippines fails to mandate B5

Coconut oil exports skyrocket as the Philippines fails to mandate B5

November 11, 2013 |

In the Philippines, coconut oil exports grew by nearly 50% in the last 9 months as the country failed to implement the shift to a B5 biofuel mandate. The current blending requirement is 2%, and the proposal to shift to B5 has yet to secure approval from the National Biofuels Board. Coconut oil export goals […]

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Nigerian company spreading biofuel cookstoves to West Africa

Nigerian company spreading biofuel cookstoves to West Africa

October 31, 2013 |

In Nigeria, Green Energy and Biofuels are producing biofuel gel from saw dust and water hyacinths for use in clean cooking stoves in both Nigeria and Ghana. The company says that already 200,000 households are using the clean cookstoves and it plans to expand into the rest of West Africa, including Cameroon and Togo where […]

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Tribunal orders investigation in OMC ethanol tenders

Tribunal orders investigation in OMC ethanol tenders

October 31, 2013 |

In India, the country’s monopoly watchdog, the Competition Appellate Tribunal, has ordered a thorough investigation into the ethanol tenders held this year to supply ethanol in order to comply with the country’s E5 blend. It did not allow a stay on the tender scheduled for Nov. 12, however, as requested by the complainant. The tribunal’s […]

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Methes Canada hits production record in September, eyes doubling capacity

Methes Canada hits production record in September, eyes doubling capacity

October 30, 2013 |

In Canada, over the last several weeks Methes Canada has made good use of the $1.5 million cash facility it received in August, resulting in September 2013 being the highest production month in gallons in its history. Furthermore, Methes Canada has already secured sufficient feedstock for the months of October and November 2013 to produce […]

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Ukraine set to supply 2014 E5 entirely from domestic production

Ukraine set to supply 2014 E5 entirely from domestic production

October 30, 2013 |

In the Ukraine, state owned Ukrspyrt and other small-scale ethanol producers say they’ll be able to supply the country’s entire demand under the E5 blending policy set to come in next year. Total ethanol sales for the E5 are expected at $350 million. By 2017, no less than 7% ethanol must be blended.

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Sunbird signs with China New Energy for 10 cassava ethanol plants

Sunbird signs with China New Energy for 10 cassava ethanol plants

October 29, 2013 |

In Nigeria, China New Energy has signed an MOU with Sunbird energy to immediately begin designing a 100,000 ton per year cassava-based ethanol plant, with plans to develop others together in the future. The $24 million plant will produce 110 million liters of ethanol annually. As many as nine other plants could be developed during […]

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Ethanol’s discount to Brazil narrows on mills hold back ethanol stocks

Ethanol’s discount to Brazil narrows on mills hold back ethanol stocks

October 29, 2013 |

In Brazil, ethanol’s discount to gasoline has a four-month low due to slower ethanol production during a rainy spell in June. Millers are also holding on to more ethanol with the expectation that prices go even higher during the inter-crop period. The discount was $1.63 through Oct. 26.

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European vegetable oil prices skyrocket as biodiesel production picks up

European vegetable oil prices skyrocket as biodiesel production picks up

October 29, 2013 |

In Europe, vegetable oil prices are skyrocketing for use as biodiesel feedstock in response to anti-dumping duties slapped on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. European biodiesel production, mostly from palm oil and canola oil, is on the rise thanks to less competition from cheaper imports. Imports from Argentina are down by 2/3 while imports of […]

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