In its effort to curb pollution emitted from on-road transport sources and reduce energy costs, China is mandating that electric vehicles—i.e. plug-in hybrids and/or fuel-cell vehicles—make up at least 30% of all government vehicle purchases by 2016.
Caltex announced July 16 that it has commenced on-site diesel fuel supply under a two-year, A$200 million (US$187 million) contract to Australia’s biggest mining construction project: the Roy Hill iron-ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Spain-based non-governmental organization Change.org is circulating a petition urging public opposition to Elcogas SA’s proposed shut-down of its 335-megawatt integrated gasification combined cycle plant at Puertollano.
Air Liquide announced July 21 that it won an oxygen-supply contract from Netherlands-based OCI NV for a $1 billion, 5,000 tonnes per day methanol plant being built by OCI subsidiary Natgasoline LLC in Beaumont, Texas.
Delta Air Lines announced July 23 that its Monroe Energy subsidiary posted a $13-million profit for second-quarter (2Q) 2014, up from a $77-million loss in 2Q 2013.
China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announced July 17 on its website that it will ban certain coal-gasification and coal-liquefaction projects that don’t meet minimum economic criteria or those that would threaten the environment, as well as water supplies.
Houston-based ZeoGas LLC announced July 21 that it signed a licensing deal for the ExxonMobil methanol-to-gasoline technology for a proposed natural-gas-to-gasoline project on the U.S. Gulf Coast.