- Regulation & Legislation
- EU Unveils ‘Post-Petroleum,’ Bio-based Strategy for Fuels, Food, Industry
- US EPA Accuses Navistar of 2009 Diesel Emissions Certification Violations
- DTF Hits Obama’s Cuts to Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Program
- 11 U.S. States Sue EPA over Soot Rules; Cite Diesel Pollution
- CDT Touts Expanded CARB Verification for Diesel-PM Filter
- GTI, CRI Launch ‘IH2’ Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant
- Wärtsilä, MAN Tap EU Funds for ‘Hercules-C’ Marine-Diesel R&D
- Jowa Installing New HFO-to-MDO/MGO Switchers in Ocean Vessels
- Distillate Markets
- Natural Gas-Powered Trucking to Expand, but Hardly Makes Dent on U.S. Gas Surplus
- Parliament Committee OKs EU-Wide Low-Sulfur Bunker Fuel Legislation
- KBR Wins Veba Combi Cracker License for Tatarstan Refinery Project
- Norfolk Southern Inks Renewable-Diesel Deal with Mansfield, Dynamic Fuels
- Fluor Wins EPC Contract for Joule’s CO2-to-Diesel Project
- Petrobras 2011 Income Slips 5%; Diesel Sales Jump 9%
- Chavez Ignores UN, Ships Diesel Fuel to Syria
- Market Report: Distillate Prices Rise as Stocks, Output Fall
- Distillate Watch
- Transport News
- Linde, Port of Hamburg Launch LNG Ship-Bunkering Feasibility Study
- MAN 2011 Revenues Hit Record, but Profits Fall on Ferrostaal Disposal
- Mazda Launches ‘Skyactiv-D’ Diesel SUV Sales in Japan
- Daimler Assembling Euro-4, Euro-5 Diesel Buses at New Plant in Colombia
- Biggest N. American Truck Dealership Sees Record Revenues in 2011
- Alfa Laval Wins Contract for ‘Largest-Ever’ Marine Diesel-Emissions Scrubber
- Eco Marine Power Unveils ‘Aquarius’ Eco-Ship; Slashes Bunker Fuel 40%
Regulation & Legislation
The European Commission on February 13 announced the adoption of a strategy to “shift the European economy towards greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources.”
“With the world population approaching 9 billion by 2050 and natural resources finite, Europe needs renewable biological resources for secure and healthy food and feed, as well as for materials, energy, and other products,” according to the Commission.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accusing Navistar of violating emissions certification rules on some 7,600 diesel engines allegedly built in 2010 but certified for model year 2009.
The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) on February 14 described U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed 50% cut in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program as “penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to one of the country’s most successful clean air programs.”
Attorneys general for 11 U.S. states announced February 10 that they’ve filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York demanding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issue new rules requiring further reductions in soot emissions, including diesel-exhaust particulate matter (PM).
California-based Clean Diesel Technologies (CDT) on February 13 announced that it won expanded verification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) of its “ECS Purifilter” diesel particulate filter (DPF) for on-road heavy-duty diesel engines up to 16 liters and 625 horsepower.
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) announced February 14 the start-up of a pilot-scale “IH2” process plant in advance of a planned 2014 commercial rollout of a technology that could convert non-food biomass into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel – which together account for about 90% of the world’s large-ship diesel engine market – announced February 10 that they’re kicking-off “phase three” of their 12-year-long “Hercules” research program, aiming to slashing emissions and boost fuel efficiency of ocean shipping.
Sweden-based Jowa Technology announced February 13 that Norway-based ship operator Jo Tankers is now accomplishing relatively safe, automated, on-line switches from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to marine gasoil (MGO) or marine-diesel oil (MDO) with the Jowa “Diesel Switch DS MKII” technology.
United Kingdom-based Oxford Catalysts and its U.S.-based affiliate Velocys announced February 14 that they’re moving forward on phase two (“FEL2”) of an engineering study for a proposed 15,000 barrel-per-day gas-to-liquids (GTL) project “on behalf of a multi-billion-dollar exploration company” in North America.
Germany-based industrial gas producer Linde and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) announced February 10 the launch of a feasibility study for the possible installation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship fuel bunkering.
Germany-based diesel engine and vehicle maker MAN announced February 14 that its 2011 revenues hit €16.5 billion (US$21.6 billion) – a new record – up from €14.7 billion (US$19.3 billion) in 2010.
Mazda on February 16 launched the commercial sale of its “CX-5” sport utility vehicle (SUV) featuring its novel “Skyactiv-D” diesel emissions-control system that doesn’t require urea-selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for nitrogen oxide (NOX) control, nor a lean-NOX catalyst.
Global vehicle maker Daimler on February 15 inaugurated a new assembly plant in Colombia for production of Euro-4 and Euro-5 diesel buses, not only for the local market but also for export to other South American countries.
Texas-based Rush Enterprises – which describes itself as the “largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America” – on February 15 reported record annual revenues along with the highest quarterly pre-tax income in the company’s history.
Sweden-based Alfa Laval announced February 13 that it won a contract from Amsterdam-based ship operator Spliethoff Group for a marine diesel emissions scrubbing system described as the “largest-ever sold.”
Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) on January 30 unveiled a concept ship design incorporating its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) system including both wind-sail power as well as solar power – with the potential to slash bunker-fuel consumption by 40%.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) today are selling at a substantial discount to diesel fuel in the North American market – and that gas price advantage (roughly US$1.50 per diesel-gallon equivalent) is likely to continue for years to come, according to various forecasts.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee on February 16 voted to approve legislation that would greatly expand a 0.1% sulfur bunker fuel mandate in 2015 to all European Union (EU) territorial seas, rather than just the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel.
Houston-based KBR announced February 14 that it won a contract from TAIF Group to provide licensing and engineering for the Veba Combi Cracker (VCC) project at the Nizhnikamsk refinery in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.
The Syntroleum/Tyson Foods “Dynamic Fuels” joint venture and U.S. fuel wholesaler Mansfield Oil announced February 14 that they signed a deal to supply renewable-diesel fuel to U.S. railroad giant Norfolk Southern.
Texas-based Fluor announced February 14 that it won an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract from Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited for an demonstration plant in New Mexico that would tap sunlight and carbon dioxide to make all-hydrocarbon diesel fuel.
Petrobras announced February 10 that its 2011 net income fell by 5%, to Rs$33.3 billion (US$19.3 billion).
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez – a big friend of dictators including Cuba’s Fidel Castro, the late Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Iranian president Mahmoud Admadinejad and now Syrian president Bashar Assad – on Thursday declared that nobody can tell Venezuela where to sell its fuel.
Ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) spot and futures prices in major markets rose last week as stocks and output fell in the U.S., and European output declined.