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Ethanol

The company will continue to run its 400 million gallons-per-year Hennepin, Illinois, plant at full production. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

Estimated operating margins for corn-based fuel ethanol plants in the Midwest decreased to multiyear lows in 2019. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

The sustained downturn in margins will finally begin taking its toll as some producers run out of money and begin a host of austerity measures to weather the storm. Read more

Commodities

On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule allowing the year-round sale of motor gasoline blends containing up to 15% fuel ethanol, or E15. Read more

Regulations

The United States exported 112,000 barrels per day (b/d) of fuel ethanol in 2018, surpassing the record high of 91,000 b/d set in 2017. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

Texas COLT submits application for Deepwater Port project; Port Arthur LNG export project receives FEIS; Sentinel Midstream to develop Texas GulfLink; U.S. expands its role as world's leading ethane exporter Read more

Tanks/Terminals/Storage

Since 2012, when horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques became more common, U.S. production of natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) has significantly increased, averaging 4.3 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2018. Read more

Natural Gas/LNG

In June, the High Seas tanker ship loaded up on ethanol in Texas and set off for Asia. Read more

Offshore & Marine

The partial government shutdown is increasing the chances of delays in U.S. energy initiatives from the release of President Donald Trump’s proposed offshore drilling plan to allowing higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during summer months. Read more

Regulations

Green Plains Inc plans to idle 55 million gallon a year Otter Tail ethanol plant in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, amid weak margins. Read more

Plant Management & Operations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, with the total U.S. renewable fuel volume requirement set 3% higher than the 2018 mandate. Read more

Renewable & Biofuel

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to release its draft rule allowing year-round sales of higher ethanol gasoline blends by February, and end deliberations on the proposal by May. Read more

Ethane prices at Mont Belvieu, Texas, from August 1–28, 2018, averaged $2.38 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) higher than natural gas spot prices at the U.S. benchmark Henry Hub in Louisiana during that same period. Read more

Natural Gas/LNG

Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached more than 16 billion gallons per year, or 1.06 million barrels per day (b/d), at the beginning of 2018, according to EIA's most recent U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

As the United States expects to add 5.2 million tons of production capacity of natural gas-derived chemicals, including ethylene, propylene and methanol, producers along the Gulf Coast are responding by investing in new ethane crackers. Read more

Tanks/Terminals/Storage

U.S. natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) production has nearly doubled since 2010, outpacing the rate of natural gas production growth and setting an annual record of 3.7 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2017. Read more

Natural Gas/LNG

Adding petrochemical plants is how French energy conglomerate Total SA plans to expand along the U.S. Gulf Coast in the coming years. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday he is considering allowing exported ethanol to count toward the volumes mandated under the nation’s biofuels law. Read more

Regulations

Over the next two years, EIA's "Short-Term Energy Outlook" projects growth in U.S. consumption of ethane in the petrochemical industry will exceed increases in consumption of all other petroleum and liquid products combined. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

As natural gas liquids (NGL) growth accelerates in the US, the feedstock advantage will likely fuel additional investment decisions for mega projects along the Gulf Coast and Northeast, Phillips 66 executives said. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

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