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Green Plains announces offering of $105 million in convertible senior notes

Green Plains announces offering of $105 million in convertible senior notes

June 19, 2019 |

In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. announced the pricing of its offering of $105 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2024, which was upsized from the previously announced $100 million aggregate principal amount of notes. The notes are to be offered and sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers (as defined […]

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China refuses to drop anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on US-origin DDGS

China refuses to drop anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on US-origin DDGS

June 19, 2019 |

In China, Reuters reports that despite an upcoming meeting between US and Chinese leaders next week and an investigation into anti-dumping tariffs on US-origin DDGS that concluded in April, the country has decided not to drop the tariffs because it fears that lowering the tariffs would encourage an untenable influx of DDGS that could damage […]

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Indonesian ship owners worried about impacts of B30 mandate on their engines

Indonesian ship owners worried about impacts of B30 mandate on their engines

June 19, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the trade association for ship operators fears that mandatory use of B30 could negatively impact the engines of their vessels. Most vessels have old engines which the association’s secretary general said have already suffered from the use of mandated B20, so the switch to B30 next year […]

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Virgin Australia hits 1 millionth kilometer flying on Gevo aviation biofuel

Virgin Australia hits 1 millionth kilometer flying on Gevo aviation biofuel

June 19, 2019 |

In Australia, Aviation Australia reports that Virgin Australia Airlines has racked up 1 million kilometers on aviation biofuel with 700 flights flown on a blend since it started running its trial on commercial flights last fall after taking its first delivery of Gevo fuel in August 2018. The trial is in partnership between the airline, […]

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Ethanol stocks fall to one-year lows but production hardly slows

Ethanol stocks fall to one-year lows but production hardly slows

June 19, 2019 |

In Washington, DTN reports that Energy Information Administration information shows ethanol stocks fell to a one-year low last week of 21.6 million bbl, down 200,000 barrels while production only slowed 15,000 barrels per day to 1.081 million bpd. Despite corn prices at five-year highs and ethanol crush margins still in negative numbers, last week’s production […]

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My Eco Energy taken to court over fraud allegations

My Eco Energy taken to court over fraud allegations

June 19, 2019 |

In India, DNA India reports that My Eco Energy has been drug to court over allegations of fraud, which the Gujarat High Court has taken seriously enough to freeze the company’s ability to cash in a bank guarantee, a move which can only be done when allegations of fraud are at stake. The case was […]

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Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

June 19, 2019 |

In California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote tolerance to imidazolium ionic liquid (IIL) solvents, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. The research appears in the Journal of Bacteriology. […]

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Uttar Pradesh offers itself to lead ethanol revolution

Uttar Pradesh offers itself to lead ethanol revolution

June 19, 2019 |

In India, the Business Standard newspaper reports that the Uttar Pradesh government has offered up its sugar industry to the central government in order to lead on ethanol production so it may achieve ethanol blending goals. As one of the top cane producers in the country, it is home to 30% of the new proposed […]

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US looking to import Latin American corn for ethanol feedstock

US looking to import Latin American corn for ethanol feedstock

June 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association told Reuters that due to the wet Midwestern weather that has negatively impacted corn planting and pushed corn prices to five-year highs that US ethanol producers are looking to import Brazilian corn for feedstock. Though he said he hadn’t heard of actual trades yet, Agroconsult said […]

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Neste and LyondellBasell announce first co-production of bioplastics at commercial scale

Neste and LyondellBasell announce first co-production of bioplastics at commercial scale

June 18, 2019 |

In Finland, Neste and LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, jointly announced the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale. The joint project used Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons derived from sustainable bio-based raw materials, such as waste and residue oils. The project […]

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