Tag: Jamaica

Jamaica’s ethanol journey continues its convoluted path but there’s still hope

Jamaica’s ethanol journey continues its convoluted path but there’s still hope

December 12, 2017 |

In Jamaica, the Jamaica Gleaner reports that just as a local company is looking to buy out the troubled Moneymusk sugarcane mill and switch its focus to more ethanol production, a report from the Auditor General shows that long-time ethanol producers Petrojam Ethanol didn’t really get “value for money” from its 40 million gallon ethanol […]

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PCJ has new B5 castor oil biodiesel blend in the works

PCJ has new B5 castor oil biodiesel blend in the works

August 5, 2017 |

In Jamaica, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, the government agency charged with leading the country’s energy resources, developed a castor seed oil blend for use in diesel vehicles. The blend should replace 97,000 barrels of imported oil and PCJ says the new B5 blend will save Jamaica an estimated $540 million per year in imports. […]

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Jamaica moves to vehicles trials of castor-based B5 blends

Jamaica moves to vehicles trials of castor-based B5 blends

June 21, 2017 |

In Jamaica, the Petroleum Corp of Jamaica is moving forward its vehicular trials of B5 blends using castor oil-based biodiesel in an effort to see if the fuel could be a viable alternative for the island. The trials run jointly between the PCJ, the Ministry of Agriculture, Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural […]

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Jamaica looks to promote and develop castor oil supply chain

Jamaica looks to promote and develop castor oil supply chain

August 11, 2016 |

In Jamaica, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation commissioned a report looking at opportunities for castor oil in the country and have determined biodiesel, lubricants and cosmetics will be key market drivers for a future industry. Demand around the Caribbean was detected during the study along with production possibilities and capacity. The key to making the crop […]

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Jamaica Broilers sells ethanol dehydration plant to West Indies Petroleum

Jamaica Broilers sells ethanol dehydration plant to West Indies Petroleum

June 30, 2016 |

In Jamaica, a ship bunkering company based in Kingston, West Indies Petroleum has agreed to buy JB Group’s terminal at Port Esquivel including a 120 million-gallon ethanol plant along with share in a St. Lucia-based services company that is the holding company for the ethanol business for $4 million, along with $18.5 million in debt […]

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Company to invest $95 million in cellulosic ethanol plant in Jamaica

Company to invest $95 million in cellulosic ethanol plant in Jamaica

March 7, 2016 |

In Jamaica, Benchmark Renewable Energy plans to invest $95 million in a 10 million gallon sweet sorghum-based second-generation ethanol facility that could be expanded to 20 million gallons. The fuel is targeted for export to the US market. The facility will also produce half a million gallons annually of aviation biofuel. The first 10 million […]

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$95M advanced ethanol, jet fuel project for Jamaica

$95M advanced ethanol, jet fuel project for Jamaica

March 6, 2016 |

In Jamaica, Benchmark Renewable Energy will develop a 10 million gallon per year advanced ethanol project in Jamaica that will also produce 3 MW of renewable power. The company said that its project would also produce  500K gallons of drop-in aviation fuel and 60,000 gallons per day of fresh, desalinated water. The company, which is […]

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Jamaica wants to boost ethanol blend to 20% and focus on domestic production

Jamaica wants to boost ethanol blend to 20% and focus on domestic production

July 7, 2015 |

In Jamaica, the government wants to boost its ethanol blend to 20% from the 10% it has had in place since 2008. Most of the ethanol currently blended is imported from Brazil, with some also coming in from the US, but the country wants to move towards producing its own ethanol despite the local industry […]

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Jamaican ethanol producer looks to exit the market after 8 years

Jamaican ethanol producer looks to exit the market after 8 years

May 27, 2015 |

In Jamaica, JB Broilers is in discussions with local and international operators to take over the running of the 125 million gallon ethanol plant it set up eight years ago, resigning itself to the fact that it won’t recuperate the $42 million invested in the facility over the years. The associated dehydration facility has been […]

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Petrojam Ethanol forced to relocate as petroleum refinery expands

Petrojam Ethanol forced to relocate as petroleum refinery expands

May 18, 2015 |

In Jamaica, Petrojam Ethanol Ltd is being forced to relocate as the Petrojam oil refinery expands, putting the distillery in a tricky position. The energy minister insists the refinery expansion be well on its way by year’s end but PEL doesn’t yet have a game plan, though it would prefer to co-locate at a port […]

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