Business Briefs

By Staff | July 17, 2012

Biox Corp. announced it signed definitive agreements with International-Matex Tank Terminals to secure the site and related infrastructure for the construction of its second biodiesel production facility. Biox’s second facility will have a 100 MMly capacity (26.4 MMgy), 50 percent larger than its existing facility in Hamilton, Ontario. The new facility will be located within the IMTT terminal in Bayonne, N.J., at New York Harbor. The agreements include a long-term land lease agreement for the plant as well as long-term leases on existing storage tanks at IMTT. The IMTT terminal at New York Harbor is a 600-acre facility within which Biox has secured 3.5 acres for its second plant. New York Harbor is a major petroleum distribution hub. The selection of this site is consistent with Biox’s strategy to locate facilities adjacent to large-scale petroleum storage and diesel distribution infrastructure as well as users of petroleum diesel and blenders of biodiesel to minimize transportation costs.

The Shell Co. of Australia Ltd. officially opened a new biodiesel facility at its Newport Terminal in Victoria. The new state-of-the-art facility has enabled Shell to launch BioDiesel 20 (B20) into the Australian market, a world first for the company. Shell’s new B20 diesel fuel will be offered to Shell’s commercial customers, initially from its Newport terminal in Melbourne. The biofuel component of Shell BioDiesel 20 is being sourced from Australian biocomponent producer Australian Renewable Fuels based in Barnawartha in regional Victoria. Shell BioDiesel 20, which is blended at Newport, is made of Shell diesel with a bio component produced from vegetable oils or animal fats that meet Shell’s global sustainability standards. Shell plans to expand its B20 availability nationally as it continues to work with its customers to offer fuels and lubricants solutions that help reduce their CO2 footprint while being produced in environmentally and socially responsible ways. Shell believes biofuels are a practical commercial solution to assist in reducing carbon emissions from the road transport sector over the next 20 years. Shell is one of the world’s largest distributors of biofuels.

Propel Fuels celebrated the grand opening of its first Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, Calif. The station offers biodiesel blends and E85 along with conventional petroleum fuels, and allows drivers to offset carbon emission from their fuel purchases at the pump by helping fund clean-air projects through Propel’s partnership with Foundation. Starting in Fullerton, each station will have free air stations for tires to increase vehicle miles per gallon, education centers offering information on local public transit and rideshare options, bicycle tuning centers, recycling stations at the pump and, soon, emerging fueling types such as natural gas and electric vehicle charging. Propel’s Fullerton station is one of a growing network of locations built in coordination with the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program. The company operates stations throughout California and Washington State with more than 200 stations planned for the next two years.

Biodiesel producer and marketer Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced it will establish a B100 wholesale terminal at its yet-to-be-completed biodiesel plant near Clovis, N.M., with product available beginning in July. The 15 MMgy biodiesel facility, known as REG Clovis, is approximately 40 percent complete. The company is converting the site’s liquid storage and truck load-out into a wholesale terminal for REG-9000-branded biodiesel sales via truck and rail. 

The Railway Association of Canada announced this month that Central Manitoba Railway (CEMR) has been selected as the winner of its 2012 Marketing Award. The railway is being recognized for the innovative biodiesel fuel blending solution it has pioneered. The blending technology includes a mobile liquid blending and distribution unit that is capable of blending fuels at a rate of 1,200 liters (317 gallons) per minute. The system can be attached to up to four fuel sources and blend those sources into a finished product. CEMR was approached by diesel supplier Astra and petroleum company Imperial Oil to design the solution to serve the market demand created by Manitoba’s biodiesel mandate. CEMR used its transportation center located six miles from Imperial Oil’s facility as the blending location. The railway transported diesel fuel from Imperial Oil and shipped in biodiesel from the U.S. on the Canadian Pacific Rail. Using the liquid blending and distribution unit, tank cars and transloading track infrastructure, CEMR was able to blend the two fuel sources on site without the use of expensive tanks, loading racks or piping system. The highly successful system has been used to blend all of Imperial Oil’s summer diesel the past two years.

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