In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Tuesday filed comments with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009. NBB urged the commission to allow duties on U.S. biodiesel to expire this year as scheduled, citing overwhelming evidence that global trade for biodiesel has […]
In Romania, KazMunayGas Trading will have to pay $70 million Romanian tax administration agency ANAF for US biodiesel imports that were shipped via Canada following a lawsuit initiated by Austrian oil company OMV. The case started as a result of an investigation by the EU’s fraud office OLAF.
In France, Total is thinking to include a biodiesel production facility as part of an oil refinery upgrade at the La Mede refinery near Marseille. Investments to upgrading the site to comply with environmental regulations by 2018 could reach up to $475 million. Decision on the potential upgrade and investment is due in the spring. […]
In Arizona, ASU Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann flew across the Atlantic this week to accept an award of which he is the first winner: the 2014 ISME/IWA Bio Cluster Award. “I am really, really thrilled about this,” said Rittmann, who was honored Sept. 25, in Lisbon, Portugal, at the International Water Association Congress, for his […]
In Brazil, the federal government has approved the increase of biodiesel blending to 7% from Nov. 1 and 6% from July. The law was published in the Official Gazette on Thursday. The ethanol blend was also officially raised to 27.5% from the current 25% following studies that showed the increase was technically feasible.
In China, August biodiesel imports fell to 82,595 metric tons, down 29% on the month. Of the total, 77,559 tons came from Indonesia, which in and of itself is 32% down on the month. Imports from Hong Kong were significantly higher at 5,035 tons. The main reason for fewer imports appears to be the difficulty importers […]
In Illinois, Chicago-based soy biodiesel prices fell to a four-year low of $3.0630/gal on Tuesday, hitting the lowest since June 10, 2010 when it fell to $2.7450/gal. Traders remain standoffish until the RFS for 2014 is announced, which would in turn support D4 RIN prices. D4 RIN prices are hovering around 50 cents.
In Indonesia, in-line blending facilities for biodiesel are under construction at 15 facilities in Sarawak and Sabah in order to ensure compliance with the B5 mandate, and will be online by year’s end. Another 35 facilities with in-line blending have been online since November on the peninsula.
In Portugal, IncBio has signed a contract with SPA Renewables S.A, to supply an 8,000MT per year biodiesel plant, to be installed in Corinth, Greece. This plant will use IncBio’s ultrasonic reactors to produce EN14214 biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO), collected locally. This will be one of the most advanced and efficient transesterification plants […]
In the Bahamas, SGI Holdings is re-floating a $150 million plan for a 272MW floating power station that would supply energy to the islands from biodiesel, CNG, or a blend of the two. The power would supply a new $3.5 billion resort coming online in the spring and could be up and running 180 days […]