In Jamaica, research by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica shows that a variety of castor been that comes from China, Zibo 8, could be the most productive for local production. Following two years of variety trials under the Scale Biodiesel Pilot Project, Zibo 8 had the highest oil yield. A Brazilian variety had slightly higher […]
In Jamaica, ethanol traders contemplated offering European ethanol from Rotterdam at the PetroJam’s 10,000 cu2 buying tender that closed last week, but the lack of available freight from Northwest Europe into the Caribbean got in the way. The ethanol would have had to arrive between March 14-18 but freight could only be secured in early […]
In Jamaica, the Government is collaborating on a project with Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, to demonstrate the viability of the biofuels industry, using mined out bauxite lands to grow oil-producing crops. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the objective is to extract the oils from seeds, such as castor and […]
In Jamaica, Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell is considering raising the blending requirements for Jamaica’s fuel as the country is poised to introduce Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD). Two gas stations are set to introduce ULSD tomorrow. Paulwell says that while Jamaica currently blends its fuel with 10% ethanol, other countries have been raising blends up […]
In Jamaica, the government is seeking to encourage investors for its burgeoning biofuels industry in an effort to increase energy security and spur job creation. The government estimates that $7-8 billion will be necessary to grow the industry, and it hopes to host biofuels workshops to attract investors and sensitize lawmakers.
In Jamaica, after four years of silence, the Petrojam ethanol dehydration facility is running once again and is expected to operate 300 days this year after starting back up in December. It is expected to dehydrate 32 million gallons of ethanol under a tolling agreement. The new deal however is having a negative effect on […]
In Jamaica, Jamaica Broilers says it expects to boost its ethanol output by 200% during 2012/13. The company can produce anhydrous ethanol from hydrous feedstock on a tolling basis of up to 120 million gallons per year. Most of the fuel goes to the US.
In Jamaica, PetroJam Ethanol’s 40 million gallon per year ethanol dehydration facility will remain shuttered likely through 2014 but it will continue to import and distribute ethanol for local blending and consumption. It closed in November 2009 after its partnership with Brazil’s Coimex ended. More on the story.
In Jamaica, Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Francisco da Costa e Silva Neto urged ethanol manufacturers to negotiate with Brazilian companies in an attempt to re-energize biofuel trade with the United States. The expiration of the $0.54 tariff per gallon of ethanol entering the US from non-CBI countries has resulted in a significant decline in the price […]
In Jamaica, several Russian investors are interested to jointly develop a sweet sorghum-to-ethanol plant on the island with byproducts such as animal feed and brewing applications seen as potential benefits for using the crop rather than sugarcane. Discussions are already underway at ministerial level to develop the project.