- Regulation & Legislation
- U.S. Supreme Court Rejects NPRA/API Petition on Biofuels Rules
- European Environment Agency: Ozone, PM, NO2 Problems Persist
- CO2 Getting Worse as Economies Rebound: PwC Study
- U.S. Diesel Car Coalition Touts Fuel Economy/CO2 ‘Technology Neutrality’
- ClassNK Unveils Diesel Ship SCR Guidelines
- Cummins Launching Big ‘C3000’ Diesel Gen-Set; Cuts Emissions, Costs
- Delphi Expands Diesel Fuel Injector Production in Romania
- Distillate Markets
- OPEC: Middle Distillates to Dominate Global Petroleum Growth
- IEA: Gasoil/Diesel ‘Greatest Impetus for Demand Growth’ in Oil Markets
- Clean Air Initiative-Asia Seeking Expert Input on Cleaner Fuels, Vehicles
- U.S. Refiner ULSD Exports Likely to Keep Growing: Hart Study
- TravelCenters of America 3Q 2011 Net Income Improves
- ARC Expanding ‘GDiesel’ Capacity
- Market Report: ULSD Spot Prices Rise on Stronger Demand
- Distillate Watch
- Transport News
- China Yuchai Earnings Fall in 3Q 2011
- Cat to Buy China’s ERA Mining Machinery Ltd.
- Iran Khodro Announces Euro-5 Diesel Car Plan
- VW Majority Takeover of MAN Complete
- Hyundai Halts Diesel Engine Plant Project on Slumping India Market
- Port LNG Truck Scheme Turns Owner-Operators into Low-Paid Employees
Regulation & Legislation
The U.S. Supreme Court on November 7 rejected a petition brought by National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) and American Petroleum Institute (API) challenging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “renewable fuels standard-2” (RFS-2) rules.
The European Environmental Agency (EEA) on November 9 released a new report indicating that many European Union (EU) countries “are expected to exceed the emissions ceilings in 2010” for ozone and particulate matter (PM), despite the growing fleet of much cleaner Euro-5 vehicles and ultra-low-sulfur motor fuels.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the “G20” (economically advanced) countries are getting worse as the global economic recovery continues, according to a new study by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC).
The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars on November 7 released a “white paper” arguing that U.S. policymakers ought to avoid subsidizing certain technologies such as electric cars for meeting future U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits on vehicle fuel economy and carbon dioxide.
Tokyo-based ClassNK announced November 8 the release of its new “guideline for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems and reductant agency supply systems” for marine vessels aiming to employ SCR for slashing emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Cummins announced November 9 that it’s launching performance validation tests of its new “C3000” series of generator-sets, offering up to 3.5 megaWatts of power. Customer field tests will follow in 2013 and 2014.
Automotive components giant Delphi announced November 7 that its Miroslava, Romania, plant is now “fully operational” for production of diesel fuel injection components for common-rail systems.
Global oil demand “may well peak before 2020,” according to a new study by U.K.-based Ricardo Strategic Consulting.
China Yuchai announced November 7 that net profit for third quarter 2011 fell to US$10 million, from $34.2 million in 3Q 2010.
Caterpillar announced November 10 a formal bid to buy China-based ERA Mining Machinery Limited.
Iran Khodro announced November 9 that it plans to produce 50,000 diesel engines meeting Euro-5 limits for diesel passenger cars over the next two years.
Germany-based MAN announced November 9 that Volkswagen has now completed its majority takeover following the last major government merger approval from China.
Hyundai announced November 9 that it put its 150,000 units per year diesel engine plant project in India on hold because of sluggish car demand.
Government grants for purchase of “clean” liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have turned many former owner-operator truckers into lower-paid employees.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on November 8 released its latest World Oil Outlook (WOO) 2011 report, showing that diesel/gasoil plus kero-jet will grab a 40.9% share of global petroleum products demand by 2035.
Gasoil/diesel once again is taking the lead in global oil demand trends, according to the latest monthly International Energy Oil Market Report, released November 10.
Clean Air Initiative-Asia (CAI-Asia) announced November 8 the launch of a survey on fuel quality as part of its efforts to promote cleaner fuels and vehicles.
U.S. refiner export of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and other middle distillates is likely to continue growing, according to Hart Energy’s latest Global Middle Distillate/Fuel Oil Outlook to 2030 report.
North American diesel truckstop chain TravelCenters of America (TA), which owns or operates 165 retail sites, on November 7 reported net income of US$20.6 million for third quarter 2011, up from $4.46 million in 3Q 2010.
Nevada-based Advanced Refining Concepts (ARC) announced November 7 that it would double production capacity for “GDiesel” at its Peru Heights refinery to 400,000 gallons/day by second-quarter 2012.
Ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) spot prices in major world markets rose across-the board last week on stronger demand in North America and Asia, and supply cutbacks in Europe.