- Public Policy
- Massachusetts Regulators OK Gasification-Based WTE
- Bunker-Fuel Sulfur Emissions Exacerbate Ocean Acidification - Study
- Fuels & Processing
- Brazil’s Petrobras Suspends Comperj Refinery Construction
- Bunuwal-Cambridge Gulf Win Huge Mining Diesel Contract in Australia
- BP Chemicals Wins Patent for C2/C3-Feedstock-to-Olefins Scheme
- ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Extend Algal-Biofuel R&D Agreement
- Electric Power
- California County Moves Ahead on Gasification-WTE Project
- Wärtsilä Nabs Fuel-Oil Power-Plant Deal in Zambia
- Transportation & Logistics
- Diesel Emissions-Control Giant Notes Drop in Platinum Supplies for Catalysts
- Bestobell to Supply Cryogenic Valves for Ship LNG-Fueling Systems
- Margins & Economics
- Israel’s ORL Swings to Profit; Hydrocracker Start-Up Credited
Fuels & Processing
Petrobras announced May 14 that the construction project at its Comperj refinery in Rio de Janeiro was halted by a court order that negated state-issued environmental permits.
A joint venture between Australia-based Bunuwal Group and Cambridge Gulf won an A$160-million (US$160.3-million) contract to supply diesel fuel to the Gove aluminum refinery and bauxite mine in Nhulunbuy, Australia.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 14 issued U.K.-based BP Chemicals Ltd. a patent for producing olefins – mainly ethylene and propylene – from a mixed-ethanol (C2) and propanol (C3) feedstock stream.
La Jolla, Calif.-based Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) announced May 16 a new co-funded research agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algal-biofuels. The new agreement “is a basic science research program that focuses on developing algal strains with significantly improved production characteristics by employing synthetic genomic science and technology,” according to a statement issued by SGI. Financial details of the agreement weren’t disclosed.
Rising costs for land-based, liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) facilities are expected to push a greater number of companies toward more flexible, less expensive floating liquefaction plants as they bring natural gas supplies to market.
The local board of supervisors of Placer County, Calif., announced May 9 that they voted to approve a proposed 2-megawatt, gasification-based waste-to-energy (WTE) project near Tahoe City.
Wärtsilä announced May 15 that it won an agreement from Ndola Energy Co. Ltd. (NECL) for operations, maintenance and servicing of a fuel-oil-fired power plant in Ndola, Zambia.
Transportation & Logistics
Diesel emissions-catalyst giant Johnson Matthey (JM) announced May 13 in its latest “Platinum 2013” report that the global platinum market was in deficit by 375,000 ounces in 2012.
U.K.-based Bestobell Valves announced May 13 that it won a “preferred supplier” deal from Wärtsilä Gas Power Systems (GPS) to supply cryogenic valves for Wärtsilä’s “LNGPac” liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship-fueling system.
Margins & Economics
Israel-based Oil Refineries Ltd. (ORL) announced May 20 that its first-quarter (1Q) adjusted net income rose to US$4 million, up from a net loss of $34 million in 1Q 2012.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on May 7 issued its final Solid Waste Master Plan (SWMP) and specifically approved gasification-based waste-to-energy (WTE) as a much cleaner alternative to prohibited garbage incineration (“mass burn”)
Ships burning high-sulfur bunker fuels are exacerbating ocean acidification, according to a new joint study by researchers in Germany, Sweden and the U.S.