Tag: France

French farmers back off from blockade as agri minister makes promises

French farmers back off from blockade as agri minister makes promises

June 13, 2018 |

In France, farmers have begun to end their blockades as oil refineries and depots that led to more than 100 stations running dry of fuel after the agriculture minister agreed to some of their demands. The blockade was to force Total to boost its use of domestic oils, preferably from rapeseed but also from used […]

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French agri minister says farmer blockades of oil refineries are illegal

French agri minister says farmer blockades of oil refineries are illegal

June 11, 2018 |

In France, the country’s agriculture minister has called the protest of 14 oil refineries and hundreds of fuel depots by French farmers in protest of Total’s planned imports of palm oil for much of its feedstock demand at the La Mede biorefinery “illegal”. The minister has called for negotiations to end the impasse and find […]

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Total to use 10% rapeseed at La Mede biorefinery to appease farmers

Total to use 10% rapeseed at La Mede biorefinery to appease farmers

June 4, 2018 |

In France, Reuters reports that Total plans to appease protesting French farmers by using 50,000 metric tons of rapeseed as feedstock at its La Mede biorefinery, around 10% of the facility’s total production capacity, despite the company’s CEO saying it wasn’t the “most profitable” feedstock for the plant. Original plans were for 100% imported palm […]

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Farmers request block for French oil refineries using palm oil

Farmers request block for French oil refineries using palm oil

June 2, 2018 |

In France, the largest farmers’ union asked that French oil refineries be blocked in protest at a decision allowing Total to use imported palm oil at a new biofuel production site. Earlier in May, the French government gave Total permission to use palm oil as a feedstock at its La Mede biofuel refinery. Farmers who […]

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French farmers to block oil refineries in protest of palm oil imports

French farmers to block oil refineries in protest of palm oil imports

May 31, 2018 |

In France, much in the same way Brazilian truckers brought its economy to a halt by blocking ports in protest of high oil prices, Reuters reports that French farmers have called for a protest to block oil refineries as of June 10 to show their displeasure that Total will import 75% of the feedstock required […]

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Total will use 25% UCO at La Mede biorefinery following farmer pressure

Total will use 25% UCO at La Mede biorefinery following farmer pressure

May 17, 2018 |

In France, Reuters reports that Total will limit its use of palm oil at its new La Mede biofuel refinery to 75% of production capacity with the remainder sourced from used cooking oil as a condition of its operating permit following pressure by French oilseed farmers concerned that all of the feedstock processed at the […]

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Global Bioenergy teams with Sekab, Neste and others on EU-funded isobutene project

Global Bioenergy teams with Sekab, Neste and others on EU-funded isobutene project

May 15, 2018 |

In France, Global Bioenergies announced the start of a 3-year project to demonstrate a new value chain combining its Isobutene process with technologies developed by Sekab and Neste Engineering Solutions, two of Europe’s leading technology developers. The aim is to convert currently poorly valorised softwood residues into second-generation renewable isobutene for subsequent conversion into gasoline […]

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Cristalco to shut down Reims ethanol plant for extended maintenance period

Cristalco to shut down Reims ethanol plant for extended maintenance period

May 14, 2018 |

In France, Reuters reports that Cristalco will shut down its 350,000 cu m ethanol plant in Reims for three weeks during June for annual maintenance. It typically shuts down for two weeks of maintenance but the bearish market has led the company to choose to keep production offline for an additional week in hopes of […]

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Global Bioenergies runs vehicles on 34% isobutene-derived compounds

Global Bioenergies runs vehicles on 34% isobutene-derived compounds

April 5, 2018 |

In France, for the first time, Global Bioenergies will use an EN228-compliant gasoline blend containing over 34% of renewable, isobutene-derived, compounds to fuel a car on a circuit. Global Bioenergies will also present the results of preliminary engine testing conducted these past months by FEV, a European leader in engine testing. In preparation of commercial […]

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Global Bioenergies delivers renewable gasoline components to Audi

Global Bioenergies delivers renewable gasoline components to Audi

March 14, 2018 |

In France, Global Bioenergies and German carmaker Audi announced that a key milestone was reached in their multi-year agreement. Renewable gasoline components were produced and shipped to Audi. Using its Leuna Demo plant, Global Bioenergies has produced high-purity renewable isobutene, which was further converted by the Fraunhofer Institute into high-performance gasoline additives including isooctane, ETBE […]

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