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- Refiners Ask CARB: Can Refinery GHG Cap-and-Trade Apply to LCFS?
- Market Report: Distillate Output, Stocks Gain; Prices Continue to Fall
- U.S. EPA Finalizes Diesel Emissions On-Board Diagnostics Rules
- World Bank Aids ULSD & CNG Conversion Projects in Peru
- New Small-Footprint Algae Scheme Taps Industrial CO2 for Biodiesel, Maybe FT Fuels
- Carbon Sciences Unveils Low-Cost CO2-to-Fuel Scheme
- Diesel Demand Decline Forces Small-Refiner Shutdowns in China
- Renault Unveils Lower-CO2 Diesel, Electric, Gasoline Car Plans
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- Fluor Wins EPC Contract for Galp Energia’s ULSD-Oriented Refinery Project in Portugal:
- Kerosene Adulteration Risk Rising in India; Fuel Marker Lacking:
- Ricardo ‘EBDI’ Engine Performance Declines 12-15% on Gasoline:
- GE ‘Accusolve’ Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Soot Sensor Would Boost Fuel Economy:
- California Budget Deal Delays Non-Road Diesel Emissions Retrofits by 2 Years:
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- President Obama’s Fiscal 2010 Budget Slams Oil Industry, Boosts ‘Low-Carbon’ Tech
- Mobster Pleads Guilty to $138 Million Diesel Tax Scheme
- Glencore Cancels Ecopetrol Refinery Deal, Cites Credit Crisis
- ASTM Balloting Fuel-Oil Sulfur Test Method Updates
- Hart Conference in March Explores Changing Market Dynamics
- The Year in Prices: 2008
- U.S. EPA Proposes Tougher Stationary Diesel Engine Limits; ULSD Mandate
- CARB Moving to Finalize Marine Gasoil Rule; Lawsuit Possible
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Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA, representing California refiners) is asking California Air Resources Board (CARB) to clarify crucial questions facing CARB’s proposed “low carbon fuel standards” (LCFS) regulations, due for a CARB board vote in April.
The CARB LCFS regulations could set precedents for future U.S. EPA regulation. They also could have an impact on future revisions to the European Union’s biofuels targets, as well as impacting similar CO2/greenhouse gas fuels rules in many other countries.
Economic sluggishness continues to weigh down diesel demand around the globe, as middle distillate supplies rise – and prices continue to fall.
Some analysts are projecting that retail diesel prices in free-market North America could fall below gasoline this summer, a phenomenon not seen in years.
Following years of development, U.S. EPA on Feb. 24 published in the Federal Register its final rule covering highway diesel emissions on-board diagnostics (OBD) for heavy-duty vehicles over 14,000 pounds, starting in 2010.
The rule, taking effect April 27, 2009, also includes revisions to OBD requirements for diesel heavy-duty vehicles under 14,000 pounds.
The World Bank announced Feb. 17 that it awarded a $330 million loan to Peru for a wide variety of environmental initiatives, including a scheme that would support the supply of Euro-4 (50-ppm sulfur) ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) in 30% of Lima retail stations.
The announcement points out that Petroperu is running behind schedule for a 2010 deadline to upgrade refining capacity for Euro-4 ULSD output.
Los Angeles-based algae fuel technology developer OriginOil has come up with a scheme that would require vastly smaller amounts of land (compared to pond- or greenhouse-algae schemes) for converting CO2 into methane, biofuels or Fischer-Tropsch fuels.
To develop the scheme, the company announced Feb. 17 that it has signed a cooperative research deal with U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL).
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Carbon Sciences announced Feb. 19 the filing of what it calls the first in a series of patent applications for a biocatalytic process to transform CO2 into liquid fuels.
Process costs – aside from water and CO2 capture/cleanup/delivery feedstock costs – could be as little as 20¢/gallon.
China’s diesel demand growth has cooled so much that small refiners are forced to shut-down, according to a SinoCast report.
“A number of small refineries in the country have to suspend operation and the overall operating rate of the industry is 21% to 23%,” the report said.
Renault aims to slash CO2 emissions from several popular diesel car models a further 25 grams/kilometer over the next couple of years, paired with similar low-CO2 introductions in gasoline and electric-car offerings.
“With the imminent switch to Euro 5 and Euro 6 legislation, petrol [gasoline] engines are poised to become an increasingly attractive proposition, a trend anticipated by Renault's new TCe powerplant family. Scheduled for launch in 2012, it is expected to account for 85% of Renault's petrol engine sales in 2015,” the company said.
Environmental groups are praising U.S. EPA’s just-unveiled proposal to slash emissions from existing stationary diesel engines.
The rule will revise national emission standards for “Hazardous Air Pollutants” (HAPs) for existing diesel “Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines” (RICE).
California Air Resources Board on Feb. 19 posted its standard 15-day notice on a marine vessel rule requiring low-sulfur gasoil or diesel years in advanced of the 2015 deadline for International Maritime Organization Marpol Annex-6 gasoil limits.
The rule would force ocean ships within 24 miles of California ports to switch from high-sulfur residual bunker fuel to low-sulfur gasoil or diesel.
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2010 budget presented to Congress last week would eliminate some $31 billion in U.S. oil and gas tax credits, but hand out $3.4 billion for “low-carbon emission coal power and industrial projects.”
U.S. Dept. of Energy would spread-around the $3.4 billion aiming to “accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy through increased support of the development and deployment of clean energy technologies such as solar, biomass, geothermal, wind, and low-carbon emission coal power,” Obama’s budget message to Congress says.
U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced Feb. 27 that Aaron Misulovin a/k/a Albert Friedman, a/k/a Valery Vibornov pled guilty in U.S. District Court to stealing some $138 million in federal diesel excise taxes.
Misulovin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering and three counts of tax evasion. As a result, he would spend five years in federal prison and could face a fine of up to $2.5 million plus restitution, DOJ said. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19, 2009.
Swiss-based oil trader Glencore on Feb. 16 officially cancelled its participation in the proposed $3 billion upgrade/expansion of the Ecopetrol joint-venture refinery in Cartagena, Colombia.
As a result, Ecopetrol would buy-back Glencore’s 51% stake in the refinery and possibly seek an alternative partner, as Minister of Mines & Energy Hernán Martínez Torres told reporters in Bogota this week.
ASTM’s “E-2” (diesel/heating oil) subcommittee is balloting a proposal to update sulfur test methods in D-396 (fuel oils) and also to harmonize methods allowed for D-975 (diesel fuel).
D129 test method has been allowed for all grades, which could be read to include No. 1 S500 and No. 2 S500 although the Scope of D129 has a lower limit of 0.1% sulfur, the ballot points out.
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The Swiss Chemical Society last month presented its prestigious Sandmeyer Prize to a team of researchers involved in work supporting the VERT standards for safe and effective diesel particle filters (DPFs).
The award went to researchers at Empa, the Swiss Materials Science and Technology Institution within the ETH research institute. ETH is the organizer of the world-leading annual technical conference in Zurich on nano-particle combustion emissions.