China’s two largest integrated oil companies—PetroChina and Sinopec—have seen their refining profits skyrocket in first-half (1H) 2014 versus 1H 2013, thanks in part to recent government policies allowing refiners to adjust their prices in-line with global oil prices.
Valero Renewable Fuels Co. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of San Antonio, Texas-based refiner Valero Energy Corp., announced August 26 that it restarted a recently purchased ethanol plant in Mount Vernon, Ind.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is considering raising the carbon-intensity (CI) scores for a number of biofuels under the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS).
South Africa gas-to-liquids (GTL) specialist PetroSA announced August 26 that a study on installing a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) terminal next to its Mossel Bay GTL plant shows the scheme isn’t feasible.
Ceylon Petroleum Corp. (CPC) announced August 21 the launch of ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) with a maximum 10 parts-per-million (ppm) sulfur—equivalent to Euro-5 limits.
Finland-based companies Lahti Energia and Valmet announced August 26 that they’ve signed a deal to continue development of a gasification-based waste-to-energy (WTE) technology.
The U.S. Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit on August 20 upheld a lower court ruling that rejected a lawsuit brought by “greens” claiming that railyards should be hit by “solid waste” regulations for their diesel particulate matter emissions.