Tag: Texas

Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

August 22, 2016 |

In Texas, the Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities,” Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The course objectives are to receive comprehensive […]

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New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

July 27, 2016 |

In Texas, Intratec Solutions released a report presenting an economic analysis of n-Butanol production from propylene and syngas, assuming a plant located on the US Gulf Coast. The process under analysis is similar to the LP OXO technology jointly licensed by JM Davy and Dow, employing Selector 30 catalyst. This detailed study presents plant construction […]

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Valero’s Q2 RIN spend triples while 2016 buy likely to nearly double

Valero’s Q2 RIN spend triples while 2016 buy likely to nearly double

July 26, 2016 |

In Texas, Valero’s RIN spend more than tripled during the second quarter $173 million, pressuring already thin margins during the reporting period. The company expects its RIN purchases to reach as high as $850 million this year compared to $440 million in 2015. But despite tough times, the oil major still managed to rake in […]

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New report looks at costs of ethylene production

New report looks at costs of ethylene production

July 20, 2016 |

In Texas, Intratec Solutions released a new report examining the costs of production of Ethylene​. The new report presents a techno-economic analysis of Green PG Ethylene production from hydrous ethanol in the USA using a dehydration process similar to the one proposed by BP Chemicals. This detailed study presents plant construction cost, Ethylene production cost breakdown, and […]

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DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

July 20, 2016 |

In Texas, the U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Researchers will focus much of the three-year study on ways to make plastic materials from the lignin waste. His lab has other energy department grants […]

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Texas A&M gets USDA grant to bridge businesses with ag producers for biodiesel

Texas A&M gets USDA grant to bridge businesses with ag producers for biodiesel

July 13, 2016 |

In Texas, a researcher from Texas A&M has received a USDA grant to bridge small businesses with agricultural producers across the northeastern part of the state to produce biodiesel while also helping to support those seeking renewable energy system grants. The plan is to help integrate biodiesel as well as other renewables for agricultural use […]

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US ethanol import demand helping to temper falling prices

US ethanol import demand helping to temper falling prices

July 4, 2016 |

In Texas, potential import demand from over the last two weeks helped to support ethanol prices towards the end of last week, tempering losses brought about by sinking corn prices. The steadier ethanol prices are in contrast with lower corn prices, helping to improve margins for exporting producers. Chicago Argo ethanol prices reached an 18-month […]

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City of Austin investigating possible “boondoggle” over biomass power plant

City of Austin investigating possible “boondoggle” over biomass power plant

June 29, 2016 |

In Texas, the City of Austin is looking into the waste wood-burning plant at Nacogdoches Operating Facility in East Texas operated by Austin Energy and Southern Power that is costing the utility’s customers $54 million per year but has produced hardly energy in the past four years. Lawyers have been contracted to investigate the contract […]

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Implications of Green Plains Texas JV on the market unclear

Implications of Green Plains Texas JV on the market unclear

June 16, 2016 |

In Texas, an industry source who spoke to Platts said the planned Green Plains joint venture with Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners isn’t likely to have much impact on the domestic ethanol market because there is already plenty of export capacity in the US Gulf region, but considering staging assets are limited in the area, […]

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Green Plains develop JV for import-export terminal in Beaumont

Green Plains develop JV for import-export terminal in Beaumont

June 14, 2016 |

In Texas, Green Plains says it will jointly invest $55 million in its first import-export terminal in Beaumont co-located with its joint venture partner. Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners. The company is on a major drive to ramp up capacity, having bought two ethanol plants in Virginia and Texas in November and putting $200 million […]

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