- FT Fuels Winning More Converts
- Regulation & Legislation
- ‘Prejudice’ Blocking Coal Gasification Projects: Governor
- DPFs, Non-CO2 GHG Controls Crucial for Global Warming
- Green Group, Road Contractors Push Diesel Cleanup Funding in U.S. Congress
- Japan Refiners Pushing ‘Mileage Tax’
- Regulators Oppose Exempting Great Lakes Diesel Ships
- U.S. EPA: Diesel Cleanup Cuts Health Costs
- Catalytic H2S-CO2 Conversion Could Slash CO2 Emissions
- CB&I Wins Shell Diesel Hydrotreater Project
- Mitsubishi Debuts Diesel-Electric Forklift Trucks
- Prepare for Challenges with Coprocessing Coker Naphtha in Hydrotreaters
- Distillate Markets
- Market Report: Distillate Output, Stocks Down; Prices Nudge Up
- Albemarle Touts New VGO Hydrocracking Catalyst
- Bangladesh Sees Power Problems from ‘Uncertain’ Distillate Supplies
- China, Russia, India to Cooperate with IEA on Crucial Energy Statistics
- Distillate Watch
- Less is More for FT, IGCC, SNG
- Red-Dye Diesel Laundering Ring Busted
Regulation & Legislation
While economic factors are hampering U.S. gasification, so is public-policy “prejudice,” according to the governor of one of the nation’s top energy-producing states.
While carbon dioxide (CO2) control gets most global warming attention, control of non-CO2 agents including black carbon logically should take priority, according to top scientists.
Road-builders and environmental advocates favor a new contracting scheme that would pay for accelerated diesel emissions cleanups via a “contract change order” scheme.
Japan’s refiners are seeking to head-off a new petroleum tax (on diesel and gasoline) by proposing a consumer “mileage tax” instead.
U.S. air regulators oppose a legislative maneuver in U.S. Congress that would exempt big “Category 3” Great Lakes diesel ships from upcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation on diesel fuels and emissions.
Up to US$1.4 billion in health costs will be avoided because of diesel emissions retrofit cleanups, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A novel catalytic reaction between hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide (CO2) potentially could open a pathway to relatively low-cost CO2 disposal for refiners, gas processors and gasification industries.
Shell’s Pernis, Netherlands, refinery is getting a US$60 million upgrade for Euro-5 ultra-low sulfur diesel quality and capacity expansion.
What is described as the “world’s first” diesel-electric hybrid forklift truck is debuting in Japan this month.
Processing coker naphtha through a kerosene or diesel hydrotreater can cause problems, even at low vol%. Some refiners and licensors suggest more practical ways to address this issue, such as processing higher volumes of coker naphtha through a distillate hydrotreater.
Fischer-Tropsch (FT) jet fuel produced by Shell is now seeing commercial passenger airline service in a run-up to massive FT jet production at Shell’s Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar.
A diesel hydraulic-hybrid yard hostler debuting in New York port service last week is just one of dozens of such hybrids about to make appearances in commercial markets.
It’s not just in Japan anymore: Fuso’s diesel-electric hybrid delivery trucks are expanding into more global markets.
Zhuhai Yuchai Marine Power inked a licensing deal with Wärtsilä Corp. for the manufacture and sale of Wärtsilä RT-flex low-speed marine diesel engines in China.
Distillate prices in major world markets moved up last week thanks to falling stocks and output.
VGO hydroprocessing gets a boost from a new catalyst designed for units where high aromatics saturation and hydro-denitrogenation activity are required.
Some 1,380-megaWatts of planned power generation expansion in Bangladesh seems likely to be delayed because of “uncertain” supplies of diesel and furnace oil (gasoil).
Because of unreliable energy statistical reporting from three of the world’s biggest energy consumers – China, India and Russia – global energy price volatility is exaggerated. Officials from those three countries have now agreed to work with the International Energy Agency on fixing the statistical problems.
Distillate prices in key markets rose on falling stocks.
Cutting capital and operating cost, reducing carbon dioxide, slashing project time-to-cash-flow, reducing size in process units, and cutting delays by regulators and politicians are among the keys to accelerating gasification projects.
Removal of dye from tax-free, non-road diesel fuel continues among criminal rings, with yet another scam busted in Northern Ireland last week.