- Top Stories
- CARB Unveils Revised ‘Low Carbon Fuel Standard;’ Economic Claims Prompt Criticism
- ULSD Causing Deposit Problems on Common-Rail Injectors: EMA
- T. Boone Pickens: Stick Taxpayers for $28 Billion in Diesel-to-CNG Scheme
- Venezuela, Iran Take the Cake for Cheap Diesel Prices
- Sinopec Boosts Diesel Output 10%; 2008 Profits Plummet
- Tesoro May Join R&D Parade on Renewable Diesel
- Covanta Plans Waste-to-Diesel Pilot Project; Could Have Big Potential
- Chevron, Livermore Team-up on Desulfurization Catalyst Research
- Around the world of Diesel
- WorleyParsons Wins FEED, EPC Contracts for Saudi Aramco Euro-5 ULSD Project:
- ‘U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars’ Launches Campaign:
- Bangladesh Orders Soldiers to Shoot at Diesel Smugglers:
- Total Forging Ahead on ULSD-Oriented Refinery Upgrade Project despite Crash in Global Oil Prices:
- ConocoPhillips Launches ‘Guardol ECTR’ Diesel Lube with ‘Liquid Titanium:’
- Coca-Cola Expands Diesel Hybrid-Electric Delivery Truck Fleet to 327:
- Long Beach Once Again Tries to Collect Port Fees for Diesel Truck Emissions Cleanup:
- Port of Long Beach Touts ‘World’s First’ Diesel Hybrid-Electric Tugboat:
- Cummins Lays-Off Diesel Particle Filter (DPF) Plant Workers:
- CARB Verifies Johnson Matthey ‘CRT+’ Diesel Particulate Filter for Stationary Diesel Engine Retrofits:
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- 1st-Generation Biodiesel Problematic; 2nd-Gen ‘Critical’ to EU Targets
- Market Report: ULSD Prices Falling, Stocks Rising
- Cat Slashes 2009 Outlook, 4q 2008 Profit Dives
- Light-Duty Gasoline ‘Hedge’ May Compete with Diesels in Two Years
- Petrobras Boosts Downstream Investment Plan by 46%
- 14 U.S. States Could Adopt Vehicle CO2 Controls under Obama EPA
- Key Prices
- Distillate Watch
California Air Resources Board on Jan. 30 unveiled yet another revision to its proposed “low carbon fuel standard” (LCFS) regulations heading for a Board vote in April.
Given that parallel CARB research on biodiesel NOx emissions won’t be complete until year-end, that means the regulations won’t be “completed” until December 2009, CARB said at an LCFS workshop last week.
Certain types of U.S. ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuels are causing problematic deposits inside high pressure diesel common rail fuel injection systems, Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) reports.
Both highway and non-road diesel engines with certain high-pressure common-rail systems are suffering deposits problems, EMA says.
Texas-based compressed natural gas (CNG) seller T. Boone Pickens wants to stick U.S. taxpayers with a $28 billion bill to convert 350,000 U.S. diesel-powered trucks and 2,000 refueling stations to CNG.
The scheme comes as Pickens concedes that the other part of the “Pickens Plan” – massive installation of wind power to replace natural-gas-fired electric power – is failing because of the uncompetitive cost and merely intermittent power of wind.
The latest semi-annual fuel price survey organized by Germany’s GTZ aid agency shows that Venezuela and Iran lead the pack in low diesel fuel prices – far below the cost of refining, let alone distribution and retailing.
Saudi Arabia is not far behind, the survey shows.
Sinopec, China’s biggest oil refiner, announced late last month that its diesel output for all of 2008 rose 10.12%, to 68.78 million tons.
In contrast, gasoline output went up 11.97%, to 29.09 million tons. That’s less than half the output of diesel, the dominant motor fuel in China.
Joining a growing list of oil refiners investigating “renewable diesel” production in refinery distillate hydrotreaters, Tesoro may offer its Mandan, N.D., refinery for a new R&D project focusing on the oilseed, crambe.
The University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) would head-up the initial R&D.
U.S.-based Covanta, one of the world’s biggest owner/operators of municipal solid waste (MSW) energy from waste (also called waste-to-energy) projects, now aims to convert some of that waste to diesel fuel.
Covanta’s core technology is burning MSW to make electricity and steam, through mass-burn combustion rather than gasification.
U.S.-based Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Chevron last month inked an R&D deal on “next-generation” desulfurization catalysts for diesel and gasoline.
“The research will focus on how catalytically active surfaces form and change on contact with feed molecules and, in particular, over time, how they are influenced by promoters and impurities,” LLNL said.
California Air Resources Board on Jan. 21 released its latest greenhouse-gas (GHG) and energy analyses for soybean-based biodiesel, one week after releasing its GHG calculations for ultra-low sulfur diesel ULSD.
The analyses will become part of CARB’s upcoming “low-carbon fuel standard,” going to a CARB board vote in April. The rule is likely to set precedents in many other U.S. states and world-wide.
Around the world of Diesel
CARB Verifies Johnson Matthey ‘CRT+’ Diesel Particulate Filter for Stationary Diesel Engine Retrofits:
A new Frost & Sullivan biofuels research report finds that the European Union’s new targets for biofuels blending through 2020 will require second-generation biofuels.
Because of quality problems with first-generation biodiesel, “Europe is expected to achieve only 5% against a biofuels target of 5.75% by 2010,” the report says..
“The cost disadvantage of producing biofuels is significantly higher than the benefits achieved from their use. This scenario is unlikely to change until 2015, even with the use of second generation biofuels.
Diesel markets world-wide continue to indicate falling prices and rising stocks. Among the key price indicators:
New York February ULSD futures last week sagged to $1.395/gallon, while March ULSD was even weaker, at $1.380 last Friday.
New York ULSD spots were only slightly higher at $1.45, while Houston ULSD spots were in the $1.41/gal range.
Rotterdam ULSD spots were in the $1.52/range, while the benchmark ICE gasoil (high-sulfur diesel) futures were trading around $1.45.
Singapore high-sulfur diesel (gasoil) was trading around $1.31, while Japan export Euro-5 ULSD spots were in the $1.35/gallon range.
As a bellwether of the world diesel engine and equipment business, Cat’s latest earnings story (released Jan. 26) confirms a downward global trend.
While fourth-quarter 2008 sales and revenues were up 6% over 4q 2007, profit fell 28%, Cat said.
Some of the approximately 18 companies involved in a Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) “high efficiency dilute gasoline engine” (“Hedge”) R&D program may introduce a light-duty car in the next couple of years that could compete with diesels on torque, CO2 and fuel economy, at engine loads below 80%.
Key advantage: Hedge engines would employ relatively cheap and simple gasoline three-way catalysts for emissions control, instead of the relatively more expensive combination diesel particulate filter/selective catalytic reduction (DPF/SCR) systems for nitrogen oxides and particulate matter controls for U.S. EPA Tier-2, Bin-5 light-duty vehicle limits, or EPA “Tier 4” non-road diesel limits.
While many of the world’s oil companies are scaling-back expansion in the face of falling oil and product prices, Petrobras announced Jan. 26 that it’s making a huge increase – 71% in upstream and 46% in downstream.
For its 2009-2013 spending plan, “in comparison with the Business Plan 2008-12, the most significant increase [is] in exploration and production, with a growth of 71% in investments equivalent to US $92 billion, or 53% of the US $174.4 billion for the 2009-13 period.
Immediately upon President Barack Obama’s new U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson taking her new job, California Air Resources Board (CARB) fired off a petition urging EPA to allow California and 13 other U.S. states to impose CO2 emissions controls on motor vehicles.
“We feel strongly that under its new leadership, EPA will recognize that the decision made by the former administrator to deny California the waiver to enforce our clean car law was flawed, factually and legally, in fundamental ways,” said CARB Chairman Mary Nichols.
Contrary to an earlier U.S. EPA analysis of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant versus a conventional oil refinery, CTL diesel with CO2 capture & storage (CCS) produces 5-12% less CO2 than oil refinery diesel.
So found the U.S. Dept. of Energy National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) in a new study.