Regulation & Legislation

IMO to Decide Launch of LS-Bunkers ‘Availability’ Study Next Year

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) last week instructed a “correspondence group” to submit a final report by April 2015 on how and when to proceed with a mandatory “availability” study on low-sulfur bunker fuels for a default 2020 global deadline.

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Technology

Turning CO2 into Profitable Carbon: Crucial to Future of Gasification

Foster Wheeler senior vice-president Andy Allen told the Gasification Technologies Council 2014 annual conference in Washington D.C. Oct. 29 that if more governments around the world eventually adopt strict greenhouse-gas (GHG) limits, then coal gasification’s future would look grim—unless gasification technology breakthroughs enable much-higher carbon efficiencies, cut costs and slash net carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Distillate Markets
Fuels & Processing
IGCC & SNG

‘Kemper’ IGCC Costs Rise Again; Start-Up Delayed to Mid-2016

Mississippi Power Co. (MPC) revealed Oct. 28 in an “8-K” filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that costs of its nearly complete, 585-megawatt “Kemper” integrated-gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) project have now soared to $6.1 billion—more than double the original cost estimate.

GTL & CTL