- Regulation & Legislation
- EU Fuels CO2 Tax Scheme Wipes Out Lower Rates on Diesel, Heating Oil
- DTF: 20% Hike in Heavy-Diesel Economy Matches Fuel Savings from One Million EVs
- Brooklyn Joins Parade of Ports Embracing ‘Cold Ironing’ Rather than Diesel-Idling
- IACS Seeks ‘Leadership’ Role in IMO Ship GHG Debate
- CARB Low Carbon Fuel Standard Panel Targets ‘High-Carbon’ Crudes, EVs
- ENAP JV Eyeing Choren BTL Diesel Scheme
- CARB Offers US$800,000 for ‘Ultra-Low Emissions’ Locomotive Demo
- Distillate Markets
- KiOR Files IPO with U.S. SEC; Focus on Bio-Based Diesel, Jet, Gasoline
- IEA: April Spot Crude Price Hikes Outrunning Product Prices
- NuStar Acquires AGE Refining from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee
- China Eyeing Bio-Jet Fuel; Fears EU Carbon-Tax Impact
- Sasol Would Produce, Sell GTL Products in Canada: Report
- Market Report: Distillates Drop on Demand Decline
- Distillate Watch
- Transport News
- Kubota to Double Non-Road Diesel Engine Sales by 2014
- Bosch Sees Diesel Sales Pick-Up in 2011; Growth Trend through 2015
- Tognum Board Rejects Daimler-Rolls Royce Takeover Bid
- Renault-Nissan Launch ‘Flagship,’ Lower-CO2 Diesel Engine
- Ford Touts Ultra-Low- CO2 Diesel Dubbed Focus ‘ECOnetic’
- Dubai Aims to Convert Diesel Bus Fleet to CNG
Regulation & Legislation
The European Commission on April 13 unveiled a new proposed fuel-tax scheme that would eliminate lower taxes on diesel (gasoil) or heating oil, wherever such differences exist within the European Union’s member states.
In testimony to the U.S. Congress on April 14, Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) executive director Allen Schaeffer criticized “dramatic” proposed fiscal-2012 budget cuts for U .S. Department of Energy (DOE) “advanced-combustion engine” (ACE) research and development (R&D) programs.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) joined officials of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Princess Cruises and Cunard Line on April 13 to announce a deal that will bring “cold ironing” (shore-side, electric power for docked ocean ships) to Brooklyn.
International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) chairman Noboru Ueda announced April 13 at the “Sea Asia 2011” conference in Singapore that IACS intends to take a leadership role in the current International Maritime Organization (IMO) debates over controlling greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from the world’s fleet of mostly diesel-powered ocean ships.
“High carbon” crude oil, biofuel life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and “low-carbon” electric vehicles take prominence in California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) advisory panel comments on its pioneering Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation.
“ForEnergy” – a biofuels joint-venture between Chile’s ENAP oil refining company and Chile’s Consorcio Maderero wood producer – is taking a look at the Choren biomass gasification/biomass-to-liquids (BTL) diesel technology, according to Germany-based Choren.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced April 12 a US$800,000 “Advanced Technology Demonstration Project” grant solicitation for technologies that would meet or beat its “ultra low-emitting locomotive” limit.
Researchers at Cornell University in the U.S. have published a peer-reviewed study showing that based upon “best available” data, lifecycle greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from shale gas are worse than coal or diesel fuel because of methane leaks.
Japan-based Kubota aims to boost sales of diesel engines for farm and construction applications to 600,000 units per year by 2014, or double the volume of 2009.
Germany’s Robert Bosch GmbH announced April 14 that it’s seeing a “pick-up in demand for diesel-powered vehicles in Western Europe” and as a result it’s boosting sales forecasts for its common-rail diesel fuel injection systems.
Germany-based Tognum/MTU announced April 15 that it considers the joint takeover bid price offer from Daimler and Rolls-Royce as too low.
The Renault-Nissan alliance announced April 14 the start of production on what it’s calling the “new flagship” for mid-size diesel cars featuring relatively low carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Ford Motor Corp. announced April 13 that it will introduce Europe’s most fuel-efficient, ultra-low carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions car next year: A diesel it’s calling the “Focus ECOnetic.”
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced April 13 that it’s planning to convert its fleet of 1,500 diesel buses to compressed natural gas (CNG) because of foreseen future oil shortages.
Until now, Texas-based KiOR – developer of a novel fuel process that mimics refinery fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) technology plus hydrotreating to produce all-hydrocarbon, biomass-based gasoline and diesel – has mostly refused to divulge details about its process, strategy, people, finances and pedigree.
Global price hikes for prompt crude oil in April are outrunning many spot product price increases, according to the latest International Energy Agency (IEA) Oil Market Report (released April 12).
San Antonio-based NuStar Energy announced April 15 that it bought the refining and terminal assets of AGE Refining from the U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee for US$41 million excluding net working capital.
China University of Petroleum (CUP) is working on bio-jet fuel partly in response to upcoming European Union (EU) carbon taxes on airlines using conventional kero-jet fuel.
Sasol group executive for new business Lean Strauss reportedly told an investor conference in New York this month that his company’s proposed gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects with Talisman Energy would focus on the Canadian market for Fischer-Tropsch (FT) diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and naphtha.
Ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) prices in major spot and futures markets took a sharp turn downward last week as demand began to drop.
Long-awaited distillate price drop finally appears