North America

February 13, 2020

Forge secures Shell investment for Ontario renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaForge Hydrocarbons secured an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a 28.4 MMly renewable diesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, Canada, at a cost of CAD$30 million. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Plans abandoned for soybean crush facility in Spiritwood, ND

BY North Dakota Soybean Processors After more than three years, $6 million of investment and thousands of hours of management time, North Dakota Soybean Processors announced that it is abandoning its efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Delta agrees to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from NWABF

BY Delta Building on its $2 million investment for an ongoing feasibility study with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, Delta has entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from NWABF. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Industry veterans introduce BTC bridge loan funding for producers

BY Rock House Advisors and PB Renewables Joe Jobe of Rock House Advisors and Peter Behrle of PB Renewables are making bridge loan funding available for biodiesel producers expecting IRS refunds so they don’t have to wait months for their 2018 and 2019 biodiesel tax credit refunds. READ MORE

January 30, 2020

Detailing the data behind the latest US biodiesel quality report

BY Ron KotrbaTeresa Alleman, a senior fuel chemist with National Renewable Energy Laboratory, made her first appearance on the stage in several years at the National Biodiesel Conference in Tampa to discuss the biodiesel industry’s latest fuel quality report. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

President Trump signs USMCA trade deal into law, Canada to follow

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement into law Jan. 29, a trade deal supplanting the North American Free Trade Agreement that has been in effect for the past 26 years. Mexico has already acted on USMCA and Canada is expected to soon. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

Manitoba to increase biodiesel, ethanol blend requirements

BY Ron KotrbaManitoba will increase the biodiesel content requirement in diesel fuel from 2 to 5 percent and the ethanol requirement in gasoline from 8.5 to 10 percent. Industry, stakeholder and citizen consultations will take place in the coming months. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

HollyFrontier picks HydroFlex tech for renewable diesel process

BY Ron KotrbaHollyFrontier announced it has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology for production of renewable diesel at its Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. The 125 MMgy project is expected to cost $350 million and be operating in early 2022. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Young scientists present next-gen biodiesel research in Tampa

BY Ron KotrbaStudent scientists from universities across the country converged in Tampa, Florida, at the National Biodiesel Conference to showcase their work as part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Four presented their work on a panel. READ MORE