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Second phase in Brazilian ethanol pipeline underway

January 02, 2014

Construction of the second phase of Brazil’s first ethanol pipeline went underway in October last year, reports Biofuels Digest.


Oversupply of fatty alcohols looms

January 02, 2014

Independent analyst Oleoline has been the latest to warn of a continued global oversupply of fatty alcohols well into the future. In a report written by Dr Brian Rossall, and describing “dramatic developments”, it identifies 1.5M tonnes of additional capacity to be built in “the foreseeable future.”


ADM extends deadline to acquire GrainCorp

October 28, 2013

US agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has pushed back the deadline of its US$3.4bn takeover offer for Australia’s GrainCorp Ltd by more than two months, after failing to shore up enough shareholder support, Business Spectator reported in September.


EPA promises reductions to biofuel mandates but not until next year

October 28, 2013

In August, the Obama administration instructed US refiners to blend 16.55bn gallons of renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply this year, while paring a specialised ethanol requirement that the oil industry had criticised as too ambitious, Soyatech reports.


India rejects Monsanto patent

October 28, 2013

India’s patent appeals board has denied Monsanto a patent for a genetically engineered method of increasing climate resilience in plants, SEA News Circular reported in July.


Indonesian vegetable oil refiners demand more ports

October 28, 2013

The Indonesian Vegetable Oil Refiners Association (GIMNI) has demanded that the government of Indonesia build new seaports to cope with increasing commodity shipments and cut extra costs that total US$300M stemming from port inefficiencies, Cocommunity reported in August.


Evyap moves into Asia, and palm oil

October 28, 2013

In a bold new move, Turkish tallow-based soap maker Evyap has embarked on a major oleochemicals project in Malaysia, based on palm oil.


MEPs approve proposals to limit food crop-derived biofuels to 5.5%

September 13, 2013

EU parliamentarians have approved proposals to limit the contribution of conventional biofuels toward its green transport targets, in a move producers have labelled “complex and ineffective”, The Guardian reported on 11 July.


Sugarcane expansion may threaten Amazon

September 13, 2013

Brazil plans to vote on a bill in the coming weeks to reopen large areas of the Amazon to sugarcane mills, rekindling fears that ethanol production could accelerate deforestation and create a major marketing challenge for the country’s biofuels industry, Reuters reported in June.


GM seed laws proposed in Argentina

September 13, 2013

The Argentinean government is considering reforming the country’s seed law in a bid to foster use of new varieties of genetically modified (GM) soyabeans and boost the country’s output as the world’s number three soyabean supplier, Reuters reports.


Concern over ballast water convention

September 13, 2013

There is potential for massive disruption to world trade if the provisions of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) are not reconsidered and implemented pragmatically, David Tongue of the International Chamber of Shipping told the 5th Chemical and Product Tanker Conference earlier this year in London.