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St1, SCA begin operations at Gothenburg biorefinery in Sweden

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By Erin Voegele

April 11, 2024

Sustainable Aviation FuelsOperations

A biorefinery in Sweden developed as a joint venture between Nordic energy group St1 and Swedish forest products company SCA on April 10 commenced commercial operations to produce SAF, renewable diesel, and biobased naphtha and LPG.

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New Rise Renewables on April 9 announced work is underway to convert its existing renewable diesel plant located near Reno, Nevada, to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF production is currently expected to commence this summer.

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Phillips 66 on April 1 announced that its Rodeo refinery in San Francisco has commenced commercial production of renewable diesel. The facility is expected to begin producing SAF components during the second quarter of this year.

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The U.S. EPA on March 21 released updated RIN data, reporting that nearly 2.02 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in February, up from 1.91 billion generated the previous month and 1.76 billion generated in February of last year.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced this week the preliminary agenda for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on March 14 announced that its 3,000-barrel-per-day renewable diesel facility in Prince George, British Columbia, is currently operating at near nameplate capacity. Work is also progressing on proposed plans to produce SAF.

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Aemetis Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 7, reporting the company achieved important milestones in its biodiesel, RNG, ethanol, SAF and carbon capture business segments last year.

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Chevron Renewable Energy Group has idled its biodiesel plants located in Ralston, Iowa, and Madison, Wisconsin. A company spokesperson confirmed that the two facilities will be closed indefinitely, citing poor market conditions.

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Total U.S. operable biofuels production capacity fell slightly in December, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Total feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and December 2022.

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Vertex Energy Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 28, reporting that the company’s renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, produced 3,786 barrels per day during the three-month period.

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Calumet released Q4 financial results on Feb. 23, announcing that Montana Renewables returned to normal operations in December following the replacement of a cracked steam drum and providing an update of the company’s proposed MaxSAF initiative.

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CVR Energy Inc. released Q4 results on Feb. 20, reporting that the feedstock pretreatment unit at its Wynnewood refinery in Oklahoma is mechanically complete. The company is also continuing to evaluate projects to add SAF capacity at two refineries.

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PBF Energy Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 15, reporting that the company’s St. Bernard Renewables (SBR) facility produced approximately 12,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel during the three-month period.

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More than 1.89 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in January, up from 1.76 billion generated during the same month of 2023, according to a data released by the U.S. EPA on Feb. 15.

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Iowa biodiesel production steady in 2023

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

February 06, 2024

In 2023, Iowa biodiesel production kept steady at 350 million gallons, nearly the same as the 349 million gallons produced in 2022. Soybean oil increased to 77 percent of the feedstock for Iowa biodiesel production during the year.

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Total U.S. biofuel operatable production capacity was up slightly in November, with gains for ethanol, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 31. Total feedstock consumption was down slightly from October.

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Phillips 66 on Jan. 31 confirmed that the renewables conversion of its Rodeo, California, refinery is nearing completion. The facility will shut down crude oil operations in February and is expected to begin producing renewable fuels during Q1 2024.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on Jan. 23 released an operational update, reporting that the renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, produced approximately 3,900 barrels per day during the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Greenergy has successfully commissioned expansion projects at two of its biodiesel plants in the U.K. and in Amsterdam. The works included an upgrade of feedstock pretreatment processes, allowing the plants to take in a wider range of waste oils.

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The U.S. EPA’s 2023 RFS data shows that U.S. production of biomass-based diesel – including biodiesel, renewable diesel, SAF, and heating oil – reached 4 billion gallons in 2023, according to Clean Fuels Alliance America.

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U.S. operable biofuels production capacity expanded in October, with gains for both renewable diesel and biodiesel, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 29. Feedstock consumption was also up.

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More than 1.99 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in November, up from 1.95 billion generated during the same period of last year. Total RIN generation for the first 11 months of 2023 reached 21.55 billion.

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CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange on Dec. 14 released a report focused on forces that will shape the U.S. rural economy next year. The report predicts that both ethanol producers and soybean crushers will benefit from rising demand for biofuels in 2024.

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Neste has completed the strategic study launched in September 2022, and begins a gradual transformation of its crude oil refinery in Porvoo, Finland into a leading renewable and circular solutions refining hub.

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Starting as a family owned business 70 years ago, Neste-owned Mahoney Environmental collects and processes UCO from 80,000 businesses, sending it on to ultimately be used for renewable fuel production.

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Continually pivoting to stay competitive and grow since its founding in 2008, Green Energy Biofuel has no intentions of stopping.

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SAF Magazine in collaboration with CAAFI, has announced the 2024 North American SAF Conference & Expo will take place Sept. 11-13, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event is accepting abstract submissions through May 10.

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Swedish fuel company Preem on Nov. 27 announced it will invest SEK 5.5 billion ($532.82 million) to convert its refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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The U.S. EPA on Nov. 16 released updated RIN data, reporting that nearly 2.11 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in October, up from 1.81 billion generated during the same month of last year.

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Aemetis expects to secure the authority to construct air permit for its proposed SAF/RD project in early 2024, according statements made during a Q3 earnings call. Company officials also discussed ongoing biogas, ethanol, biodiesel and CCS projects.

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