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- Webinar April 28: ‘Maximizing Diesel Fuel Production’
- Oil Refiners Fear ‘Indirect Land Use Change’ Could Reduce Biofuels Supplies; CARB Adopts Rule Anyway
- NPRA Slams ‘Low Carbon Fuel Standard’ Proposal in U.S. Congress
- BorgWarner Sees 52% Jump in Light-Duty Diesel Vehicle Market by 2014
- EU Vehicle NOx Down despite Consumption Increase; Euro-6 Will Help Cut Diesel Emissions
- Market Report: ULSD Prices Dip in U.S., Stay Higher in EU
- Holly Buys Sunoco’s Tulsa Refinery; Pledges $150 Million ULSD Upgrade
- 2/3rds of U.S. Car Buyers Remain Unconvinced on Diesels
- Around the world of Diesel
- VW Foresees 30% Diesel Sales Rate for U.S. ‘Golf’ Cars in 2010:
- Former SulphCo President Still Peddling Ultrasound-based Diesel Desulfurization Scheme:
- California Air Resources Board (CARB) Verifies Rypos Active Diesel Particulate Filter (ADPF) for Marine Harbor Craft:
- Brasil’s Government Aims to Boost Diesel Prices:
- Texas New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) Offers $5 Million for Diesel NOx Reduction Development Program:
- FEV Touts Diesel Hydraulic-Hybrid ‘Yard Hostler’ Freight-Moving Machine:
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- Criterion, Headwaters Ink Resid Hydrocracking Deal; Will Boost Diesel, Gasoline
- World Diesel Engine Demand Seen Growing 3.5%/Year
- VW’s Diesel ‘Polo’ Beats Gasoline Hybrids on CO2
- Cat: First Quarterly Loss in 16 Years
- Syntroleum Posts $11 Million Profit in 1q 2009
- Rational Energies Waste-to-Diesel Scheme Provokes Opposition
- Calif. AG Sues TravelCenters of America over Fuel Leak Rules
- ASTM: 4 ‘D-2’ Ballots Pending on Diesel Specs
- Jacobs Wins Hindustan Petroleum ULSD Hydrotreater Deal
- ‘Many Stars’ CTL Project Partners Ink Agreement
- Canada’s Truckers Rip Biodiesel Mandate Rules
- Dynamotive Touts Hydrotreating Scheme for Pyrolysis Oil ‘Renewable Diesel’
- Shenhua: Report on Direct CTL Project
- Alter NRG Explains Plasma-Gasification Fuels Scheme to World CTL
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- Distillate Watch
Hart Energy Publishing is offering an exclusive 1-hour webinar, Maximizing Diesel Fuel Production, 9 a.m. CST (Houston time) Tuesday, April 28 (3 p.m. London / 4 p.m. Brussels).
Oil Refiners Fear ‘Indirect Land Use Change’ Could Reduce Biofuels Supplies; CARB Adopts Rule Anyway
California Air Resources Board (CARB) members on April 23 voted 9-1 to adopt a controversial “low carbon fuel standard” (LCFS) that will force many conventional biofuels makers to cut their CO2 emissions or adopt alternative schemes.
National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) last week testified that a proposed low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) “discussion draft” bill pending in the U.S. Congress would be “redundant” given CO2 cap-and-trade provisions in the same bill.
Big diesel/gasoline engine equipment supplier BorgWarner sees a huge 52% jump in the global light-duty diesel vehicle market between now and 2014, to around 19.3 million new vehicles sold.
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions in western Europe have declined thanks to tougher emissions controls--despite larger vehicle fleets and consequent higher fuel consumption, and despite diesel vehicles with oxidation catalysts causing relatively higher nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions.
Diesel spot and futures prices have fallen in recent days in major world trading centers.
In New York, NYMEX ULSD futures for May traded around $1.32/gallon although June ULSD was two cents higher. Spot ULSD in New York traded around $1.38/gallon last week.
Dallas-based independent refiner Holly Corp. announced April 16 that it will buy Sunoco’s 85,000 barrel per day (BPD) Tulsa, Okla., refinery and then invest another $150 million to upgrade it for ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) production.
A random but representative survey of 3,980 U.S. consumers who have either just-bought or are planning-to-buy a new car in the next three to four years indicates that about two-thirds remain skeptical or uncertain about buying a clean-diesel car.
A coalition of environmental groups and the Teamsters Union this month hailed a decision by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon to deny the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission’s motion for a preliminary injunction over the Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach diesel truck cleanup schemes.
Around the world of Diesel
California Air Resources Board (CARB) Verifies Rypos Active Diesel Particulate Filter (ADPF) for Marine Harbor Craft:
Texas New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) Offers $5 Million for Diesel NOx Reduction Development Program:
Criterion Catalysts and Headwaters Technology on April 17 announced an alliance to help petroleum refiners produce more diesel and gasoline clean fuels from residual (bottom-of-the-barrel) heavy oil.
World diesel engine demand is forecast to expand 3.5% per year through 2012, to $153 billion, according to a new study by Cleveland-based Freedonia Group.
Volkswagen’s “Polo” five-passenger diesel concept car – shown at the recent Geneva Motor Show – beats the Toyota “Prius” gasoline-electric hybrid on both fuel economy and CO2.
Caterpillar reported April 21 its first quarterly loss in 16 years thanks to the global financial meltdown and consequent write-offs to earnings.
Oklahoma-based synthetic fuels developer Syntroleum announced $11.2 million net income for first-quarter 2009 compared to a $2.2 million loss in 1Q2008.
Minnesota-based Rational Energies is running into opposition from neighbors over a proposed $300 million, 1,800 barrels/day gasification/Fischer-Tropsch waste-to-diesel plant scheme.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown Jr. on April 13 filed suit against nationwide U.S. diesel/gasoline retailer TravelCenters of America regarding allegations of failure to take measures to detect and prevent leaks from underground storage tanks.
ASTM’s D-2 (motor fuels) committee announced it has four ballots pending on diesel fuel issues including a proposed revision to the existing “high-frequency reciprocating rig” lubricity test method.
Jacobs Engineering announced April 21 that it received a contract from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to provide project management consultancy services for a diesel hydrotreater project at HPCL’s refining complex in Mumbai, India.
Australian-American Energy Co. LLC (AAEC) and the Crow Tribe in Montana announced April 15 that they have executed final project agreements for the proposed $7.5 billion, 50,000 barrels/day “Many Stars” coal-to-liquids (CTL) project to be constructed on the Crow Indian Reservation.
Canadian Trucking Alliance is calling upon the federal Environment Minister to modify a scheme that would force at least 2% biodiesel to be blended into petroleum diesel fuel.
Vancouver, Canada-based Dynamotive on April 22 announced that it has developed a two-stage hydro-conversion process that converts biomass-based pyrolysis oil into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
At the World CTL 2009 conference in Washington, D.C., last month, Shenhua official Zhang Wenjiang updated the status of the company’s coal direct coal liquefaction project at Majiata, Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Alberta, Canada-based Alter NRG/Westinghouse Plasma Corp. laid out its arguments in favor of plasma-based gasification of coal or biomass to produce ultra-clean liquid fuels at the World CTL conference in Washington, D.C. last month.