Marathon Petroleum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) jointly announced April 23 that Marathon plans to file permit applications for a proposed ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) expansion project at its 522,000 barrel-per-day Garyville refinery, with an estimated capex of between $2.2 billion and $2.5 billion.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced April 16 it issued a final greenhouse-gas (GHG) permit to LyondellBasell’s wholly-owned subsidiary Equistar Chemicals for its Corpus Christi, Texas petrochemical plant.
The Mississippi Supreme Court on April 21 ordered Mississippi Power Co. (MPC), the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and Thomas Blanton—one of MPC’s customers suing over MPC’s nearly-complete, $5.2-billion, 545-megawatt ”Kemper” integrated-gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) plant—to address a new set of questions on the constitutionality of “construction-work-in-progress” (CWIP) electric-power rate recovery.
The government of Alberta, Canada, announced April 17 that it’s budgeting Cdn$144 million (US$131 million) in 2014 for two carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects related to oil-sands upgrading.
The production tax credit (PTC) for the U.S. wind industry has experienced fits and starts of expiration in Congress only to be followed by belated renewals over the past two decades.
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) on April 16 hailed a decision by the plenary session of the European Parliament on a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) scheme for regulating carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from ships calling at EU ports.
San Francisco-based independent power producer Phoenix Energy announced April 16 that it signed a deal to build and operate a 2-megawatt (MW) biomass-gasification power plant near Lake Tahoe, Calif.