Total prepares to begin operations at La Mède biorefinery


French oil giant Total S.A. is just days away from startup at its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. A representative of Total told Biodiesel Magazine that the HVO processing facility is on track to begin production in late May or June.
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SkyNRG to develop Europe’s first dedicated biojet fuel plant


SkyNRG announced May 27 it will develop Europe’s first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel production plant in Delfzijl, The Netherlands. The facility is being scaled to produce 100,000 metric tons of biojet fuel and 15,000 tons of bioLPG per year.
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Big-name cos. partner for sustainable palm project in Indonesia


BASF, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are partnering with civil society organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives production in the district of Waykanan, Lampung, Indonesia.
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BP to supply Next Renewable Fuels with renewable diesel feedstock


Next Renewable Fuels and BP Products North America have entered into a long-term feedstock supply agreement whereby Next will purchase approximately 13.2 million barrels per year of renewable feedstocks for its planned Oregon renewable diesel plant.
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Aemetis wins large biodiesel contract with mining co. in India


Aemetis announced May 20 that its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multisite mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in India.
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AGQM launches 1st no-harm test for biodiesel cold flow improvers


Germany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM has launched a new no-harm test for cold flow improvers for use in biodiesel as a blend component in fuel. The no-harm test for cold flow improvers consists of testing B100 and a blended B10.
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High Plains Bioenergy rebrands as Seaboard Energy


High Plains Bioenergy and its biodiesel marketing division HPB Biodiesel Inc., subsidiaries of Seaboard Corp. and owner of two U.S. biodiesel plants, have changed names to Seaboard Energy Marketing Inc. Its biodiesel plant names have also changed.
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UK, Dutch authorities investigate biodiesel trading at Greenergy


The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office confirmed the opening of a joint investigation with Dutch authorities regarding certain aspects of biodiesel trading at Greenergy and various third parties. Five sites were searched and four people were arrested.
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Yum China receives ISCC certification for its used cooking oil


Yum China Holdings says it is the first restaurant company in China to get the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification for its used cooking oil that will be converted into sustainable biodiesel following a successful pilot project.
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Japan Engine, NYK Line cooperate in marine biofuel test


Adding to the growing number of shipping firms that have commenced biofuels testing to meet IMO regulations and initiatives, Japan Engine Corp. announced it is now collaborating with NYK Line to begin testing marine biofuel provided by GoodFuels.
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