- Key Market Prices
- WTI Moves Up Slightly Higher
- Fuels & Processing
- Shell Lifts Force Majeure on Most Contracts at Singapore Refinery
- Jacobs Wins Contract for Ester Plant in Germany
- Kohler Debuts U.S. EPA Tier-4 Final Diesels; No DPF, No SCR
- Malaysian Government Target for B5 Monthly Usage Set at 500,000 Tonnes
- Electric Power
- N. American Companies Installed More than 1,250 Fuel Cells in One Year
- Hawaiian Electric Taps REG as Biodiesel Supplier
- Transportation & Logistics
- Tests Show Small Engines Compatible with Isobutanol-Gasoline Blends
- Amtrak’s Biodiesel-Powered Locomotive Shows No Reduction in Performance
- Ricardo, China’s JAC Ink Deal for Euro-5 Light-Duty Diesel Engine
Fuels & Processing
Royal Dutch Shell plc has lifted force majeure on the majority of its supply contracts after a fire at its Pulau Bukom plant in September, according to a November 1 report by The Strait Times (Singapore) citing a company official.
California-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced November 1 that it won a contract from OXEA GmbH to provide detailed engineering, procurement support and support services during construction for a new ester production plant at OXEA’s existing manufacturing facility in Oberhausen, Germany.
Wisconsin-based Kohler and its Italy-based Lombardini subsidiary on October 24 unveiled two relatively small diesel engines meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier-4 final emissions limits for agricultural, construction and industrial markets.
According to a November 1 report from Bernama, the Malaysian government is aiming for the use of B5 blends to reach 500,000 tonnes a month by the end of 2012, the news agency quoted Datuk Hamzah Zainudin, deputy minister of plantation industries and commodities, as saying.
Mazda announced October 25 that it will “progressively introduce clean diesel vehicles to the Japanese market, beginning with the new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV in spring 2012.”
Key Market Prices
According to a new report by Fuel Cells 2000, companies operating in North America have installed more than 1,000 fuel-cell-powered freight forklifts and more than 250 fuel-cell electric power systems, plus hundreds of backup power units, in the past year.
Hawaiian Electric Co. has again selected Renewable Energy Group (REG) to supply biodiesel for Hawaiian Electric’s 110-megawatt combustion turbine generator at Campbell Industrial Park Generating Station.
Transportation & Logistics
Gevo, Inc. reported October 28 that in side by side performance, durability and emissions testing of small engines, gasoline blended with isobutanol performed better than blends using ethanol.
Amtrak has found that the use of a biodiesel fuel blend used to power the daily Amtrak Heartland Flyer train resulted in no more wear on the locomotive than traditional diesel fuels and no reduction in performance or reliability.
Automotive powertrain engineering consultancy Ricardo announced October 26 that it’s teaming up with China-based Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC) to develop a new, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel meeting Euro-5 emissions limits.
Margins & Economics
U.S. commercial crude inventories rose by 1.8 million barrels – exceeding analyst forecasts – and refined product stocks were mixed, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) report for the week ended October 28.
NYMEX light, sweet crude for December delivery finished at US$92.51/per barrel (/bbl), up 32¢ on November 1, despite weekly supply statistics from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealing a much greater-than-forecast build in stockpiles.
Valero Reports Best Quarter Since 2007
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced October 26 that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding anaerobic digester projects in eight states to encourage renewable energy production, reduce energy costs and reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and farm-based pollution.