Category: Producer News

Former PetroVietnam chairman charged with failure of Phú Thọ ethanol project

Former PetroVietnam chairman charged with failure of Phú Thọ ethanol project

February 17, 2020 |

In Vietnam, Malaysia’s Star newspaper reports that the former chairman of PetroVietnam along with nine alleged accomplices are being charged over negligence surrounding the design, procurement and partial implementation of the ethanol project in Phú Thọ. The Ministry of Public Security says the contractors hired to undertake the project were not qualified and the project […]

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Site work begins at planned NNPC ethanol project in Kogi State

Site work begins at planned NNPC ethanol project in Kogi State

February 17, 2020 |

In Nigeria, Leadership magazine reports that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. has been work on developing the cassava- and sugarcane-based ethanol plant in Kogi State, starting with soil tests at the proposed site in the town of Alape. About 20,000 hectares of sugarcane will supply the facility in addition to 15,000 hectares of cassava with […]

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Canadian rapeseed stocks saw slight decline, 4% drop year over year

Canadian rapeseed stocks saw slight decline, 4% drop year over year

February 15, 2020 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the forecasts for Canadian rapeseed and soybean sotcks have been lowered. However, both figures exceed the long-time averages. Statistics Canada recently published an estimate of its grain and oilseed stocks as at the end of the year 2019. The statistics agency put total oilseed stocks at 18.5 million tonnes. This […]

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Amyris’s Biossance expands The Clean Academy

Amyris’s Biossance expands The Clean Academy

February 15, 2020 |

In California, Biossance, clean skincare brand from Amyris, Inc., said their educational platform, The Clean Academy, is back in session. This season, The Clean Academy takes a deeper look at ingredients in some of the most common skincare formulas, such as cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens. Each video – hosted by the beauty industry’s leading experts […]

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Ethanol production drops 4.4% but ethanol stocks expanded by 3.8%, highest since July

Ethanol production drops 4.4% but ethanol stocks expanded by 3.8%, highest since July

February 15, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production dropped 4.4%, or 48,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 1.033 million b/d—equivalent to 43.39 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. The four-week average ethanol production rate declined 1.4% to 1.048 million b/d, equivalent to an annualized rate of 16.07 billion gallons. Ethanol stocks […]

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IEA Bioenergy to launch a new report on the potential for advanced biofuels cost reduction

IEA Bioenergy to launch a new report on the potential for advanced biofuels cost reduction

February 15, 2020 |

In France, a new IEA Bioenergy report, “Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction” to be launched on February 20th and carried out by an experienced international team, uses as its starting point a study on the costs of advanced biofuels carried out within the programme of work of the Sub-Group on Advanced Biofuels (SGAB) […]

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$150M closed for new Agtech fund from Finistere Ventures

$150M closed for new Agtech fund from Finistere Ventures

February 15, 2020 |

In California, Pulse 2.0 reports that venture firm Finistere Ventures closed its new $150 million Agtech Fund called Finistere II which primarily focuses on North American opportunities from companies in “global centers of excellence” in Agtech. Finistere is collaborating with Bayer CropScience, AVAC Ltd., and other partners for identifying and investing in such technologies across […]

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“TED for Trees” talk covers how nanocellulose can help solve plastic waste problem

“TED for Trees” talk covers how nanocellulose can help solve plastic waste problem

February 15, 2020 |

In Georgia, Kim Nelson from Brazil-based GranBio gave a “TED-style” educational talk on the marvel and potential of nanocellulose at a “TED for Trees” event sponsored by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities. She talked about nanocellulose’s potential, with a particular focus on how nanocellulose can help solve our plastic waste problem. Watch the […]

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Shell Ventures invests C$30 million in Forge Hydrocarbons, U of Alberta spin-out

Shell Ventures invests C$30 million in Forge Hydrocarbons, U of Alberta spin-out

February 13, 2020 |

In Canada, FORGE Hydrocarbons announced an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a first-of-its-kind CAD$30 million commercial-scale, biofuel production plant in Sombra, Ontario. FORGE’s patented Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon (LTH) technology creates renewable jet fuel, diesel and naphtha from waste fats and oils. FORGE’s renewable diesel and […]

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Brazilian biodiesel auction sells 1.12 billion at average 68.4 cents per liter

Brazilian biodiesel auction sells 1.12 billion at average 68.4 cents per liter

February 13, 2020 |

In Brazil, Renewables Now reports that the Brazilian oil and biofuels agency ANP’s most recent biodiesel auction saw 1.12 billion liters contracted for a total of $774 million at an average of 68.4 cents per liter. About 1.27 billion liters were offered at the 71st auction by 42 producers. All of the fuel contracted had […]

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