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Hankinson ethanolEthanol revival?

Murphy Oil's $92 milliopn purchase of 110 Mgy Hankinson plant is another signal of "return to normalcy"

In North Dakota, more signs of an ethanol revival appeared with the purchase of the 110 Mgy ethanol plant in Hankinson by Murphy Oil. Murphy, which paid $92 million in the form of non-recourse debt for the plant, said that it will invest $15 million in working capital to restart the plant, which debuted in July 2008 but went idle last October due to industry economic conditions. Murphy becomes the third oil company - after Valero and Sunoco - to purchase idle ethanol plants. 

The ethanol recovery news in North Dakota was echoed by the restart of Suncor's resumption of work on expansion of its St. Clair ethanol plant in Ontario, Canada, a project that will expand plant capacity to 105 million gallons.

Ethanol's fortunes have been largely revived by a fall in the price of corn - with the USDA projecting prices in the $3-$3.50 range for the near-term, creating a viable "crush spread" between the price of the underlying feedstock and the price of ethanol. Recently, POET CEO Jeff Broin confirmed that his company had seen a return to relatively normal economics after the crisis of 2008-09.

More on ethanol's revival at biofuelsdigest.com.


Biofuels International Canada Expo and Conference - October 28-29, Montreal, Canada
50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy: Candidate profile

Based in: California
2008-09 ranking: Unranked

Business:  The Company's Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasification process is the technology used in the only biomass gasifier operated at commercial scale in the United States. It can convert multiple biomass feedstocks into synthesis gas (syngas) for renewable power production, and can be integrated for conversion of syngas into complex hydrocarbons by the patented Rentech Process based on Fischer-Tropsch chemistry. The final products after upgrading are ultra-clean synthetic jet and diesel fuels, specialty waxes and chemicals

Model:  Developer/owner/operator/licensor of synthetic fuels, power facilities and energy conversion technologies.

Metrics: Revenue for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2009 is $233 million. 2008: $211 million. 2007: $132 million. Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasification technology operated at a commercial scale of 400 tons per day. Product Demonstration Unit is a demonstration scale plant that produces 10 barrels per day of synthetic jet and diesel fuel.

More on Rentech including milestones and quotable quotes at biofuelsdigest.com.
ABOAlgae Biomass Summit
October 7-9, 2009

San Diego Marriott and Marina (California)
Exploring the emerging industry of algae as feedstock for biofuels and its related products.

Registration, sponsorship and speaking info.
Producer News

In Virginia, Norwegian energy giant StatoilHydro has granted $3 million to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, for a project that will convert York River algae into biodiesel. The goal of the project is to reduce pollutants in the river and the Chesapeake Bay. Captured nutrients will be used to feed algal blooms, that will be harvested for conversion into biodiesel at the VIMS labs.

In Nevada, Desert Hills Dairy Biodigester has acquired land and commenced development of the first Nevada-based anaerobic digester, at Desert Hills Dairy in Wabuska, 40 miles east of Carson City. The project is at least the fourth renewable energy project for the small town of 150, which has arguably been the site of more renewable project development - per capita - than any other town in the US. The current project will use digester technology from GHD in Wisconsin.
World Opinion

Canada.com: "Ottawa's push to use high-level ethanol fuel in cars is doing little or nothing to cut Canada's greenhouse gas emissions nor will it, says a government briefing note prepared for  Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt and obtained by Canwest News Service.."

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy:  "Market watchers forecast American farmers will produce 13 billion bushels of corn this year - a yield increase of 7 percent over last year, planted on 5 million fewer acres.  The productivity of the American farmer continues to give us more grain from fewer acres. The RFS already includes safeguards that protect conservation land. For a fuel to qualify for the RFS, it cannot come from new land."
International News

In Canada, Suncor said that it has restarted work on increasing the capacity of its St. Clair ethanol plant in Sarnia, Ontario to 105 Mgy. The $120 million project was halted in January due to economic conditions. The company had cut its capital expenditures by 70 percent for 2009.

In Kenya, Time Magazine ran an article on poor promotion and information on jatropha cultivation from the national government.  Meanwhile, The East African is reporting that the Kenyan government has halted grants of land to outside biofuel investors, and  the BBC 20,000 local farmers are themselves facing eviction from the Mau forest area after it was discovered that the farmers had cleared as much as 25 percent of the Mau forest reserve for food production.

In Germany, with a change in the structure of the federal government imminent after election results made a center-right coalition of the Free Democrats and the Christian Democrats all but inevitable, a report was filed in Environmental Finance that the country will be poised to reduce its EEG, the national renewable energy subsidy law.
Research News

In Washington, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, "Potential Effects and Challenges of Required Increases in Production and Use," calling for an end to the ethanol industry's 45-cent tax credit. The report was requested by Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Senator Susan Collins of Maine.
The report can be downloaded via biofuelsdigest.com.
Policy & Policymakers

In Washington, the Department of Energy said that more than 200 people attended a recent Business Opportunity Session in person in Washington, and 300 attended online - and described the Department's first webcast as "our most successful yet!" despite reports from Digest readers that the presentation crashed on some computers. The video of the presentation is available via biofuelsdigest.com.
Consumer, Fleet and Event News

In Oregon, Kinder Morgan announced that it has commenced shipping B2 blended biodiesel through a 115-mile Oregon Pipeline, which runs between Portland and Eugene. The company, which recently tested biodiesel transit in its Plantation Pipeline in the Southeast, said that it transported 100,000 barrels of B2 through the pipeline successfully.
Financial News

The Biofuels Digest Index™ (BDI), a basket of public biofuels stocks, edged up 0.15 percent to 62.08 as Big Grain fell and algae advanced.  For the day, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) fell 1.49 percent to close at $28.43, while The Anderson (ANDE) fell 2.14 percent to $33.76. Among small caps, PetroAlgae (PALG.OB) jumped 66.33 percent to $24.95. Overall, declines and advances were even for the day.  

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These stories and more are available at BiofuelsDigest.com. Your comments and story requests are warmly welcome: email me at jlane@biofuelsdigest.com.

Disclosure: I do not own any renewable energy securities; no payments or compensation of any kind is received in return for placing favorable opinion in the Digest - Jim Lane, Editor and Publisher, Biofuels Digest.

Rodrigo González Fernández
Diplomado en RSE de la ONU
Diplomado en Gestión del Conocimiento de la ONU
Dirección: Renato Sánchez 3586 Of 10
Fono Cel. 93934521
Santiago Chile

Diferencias por institucionalidad ambiental en el ojo del huracán

senadores discrepan en todas las áreas reguladas en proyecto de ley

Diferencias por institucionalidad ambiental en el ojo del huracán

Exequiel Pino DF

Absoluto interés por la nueva institucionalidad medioambiental del país mostraron los senadores de todas las bancadas, al punto que ya presentaron más de mil indicaciones al proyecto de ley y la cifra promete aumentar este lunes.

Crear tribunales ambientales especializados, un sistema express para la aprobación de proyectos, la obligación de rendición de cuentas al Congreso, aumentar la participación ciudadana, ampliar la red estatal que participará en la toma de decisiones y mejorar las normas de protección ecológicas, son algunos de los cambios sugeridos.

Claro que el acento de  estas propuestas sobre el proyecto de ley que crea el ministerio del Medio Ambiente, varía dependiendo de los autores de las indicaciones, y aunque la mayoría de los 38 senadores enviaron sugerencias al Congreso, son seis los que destacaron por la cantidad de cambios que introdujeron a la iniciativa.  Y muchos de estos cambios están totalmente enfrentados.  

El primer lugar lo tienen: Carlos Ominami (Ind), Guido Girardi (PPD), Alejando Navarro (MAS), Guillermo Vázquez (PRSD) y Carlos Cantero (Ind), quienes propusieron 201 modificaciones al texto del gobierno. 

Luego vienen los senadores Andrés Allamand (RN), con 170 indicaciones; Antonio Horvath (RN), con 158; Pablo Longueira (UDI), con 125; Camilo Escalona (PS), con 108 y Ricardo Nuñez (PS) con 100 modificaciones, entre otros. Y la DC también entró al debate a través de la senadora, Soledad Alvear, que envió 39 propuestas de cambio, y del senador Mariano Ruiz Esquide que mandó solo una indicación, pero sustitutiva. Es decir, un texto alternativo donde cambiar totalmente el proyecto original.

Ahora bien, según el senador Escalona "las indicaciones son numerosas sólo como causa de la técnica legislativa, porque son dos las materias más relevantes: los temas de participación ciudadana y el mejoramiento de los mecanismos institucionales para la evaluación ambiental". De hecho, él pone énfasis en el primero y Allamand junto a Longueira, en el segundo.

Fuente DF
Rodrigo González Fernández
Diplomado en RSE de la ONU
Diplomado en Gestión del Conocimiento de la ONU
Dirección: Renato Sánchez 3586 Of 10
Fono Cel. 93934521
Santiago Chile

Geotérmica del Norte no cumplió con la entrega de las mediciones del acuífero

Geotérmica del Norte no cumplió con la entrega de las mediciones del acuífero

Fuga en El Tatio provoca baja en reservas locales de agua subterránea

Jéssica Esturillo O. DF

La fumarola -o erogación-  de vapor y sales en la zona de los géisers del Tatio, que desde hace casi un mes concita la atención gubernamental, política, social y empresarial del país, está provocando un impacto para pocos conocido: la reducción en las reservas de aguas subterráneas de esta zona de la Región de Antofagasta.

El alerta emanó desde la oficina local de la Dirección General de Aguas, donde ratificaron el impacto que la ruptura del ducto que  Geotérmica del Norte (GDN) estaba usando para reinyectar el material extraído en las pruebas de uno de los pozos productores del proyecto energético, está causando en el acuífero géiser del Tatio, que alimenta a la cuenca del Río Salado.

Conocedores de la situación indicaron que no se puede dimensionar la magnitud del fenómeno de evaporación de agua porque la empresa operada por la italiana ENEL -matriz de Enersis- e integrada por las estatales ENAP (44%) y Codelco (5%), no estaba entregando a la autoridad las mediciones del acuífero que comprometió para obtener la autorización ambiental de la iniciativa.

Trascendió que a partir de un informe, con registros, que no superaban los siete días, se advirtió el comportamiento irregular del acuífero, lo que no sucede con los géiser que mantienen sus niveles de presión y PH. Por este motivo, el Ministerio de Obras Públicas estaría evaluando sancionar a la firma, que ayer tenía previsto hacer un tercer intento para "aplacar al flujo", inyectando en el pozo artificial agua fría a alta presión, lo que no resultó en dos oportunidades por falta de agua.

Sesión del Senado

Para mañana está fijada una sesión especial del Senado donde se analizará el tema para lo cual fueron citados los ministros de Medioambiente y Energía, Ana Lya Uriarte y Marcelo Tokman, respectivamente.

Por su parte, en la firma explicaron que en caso de no tener éxito con la extinción de la fumarola sumarán una tercera bomba, propiedad de ENAP, que sería trasladada desde Magallanes para hacer un cuarto intento.

Contenido el flujo, deben introducir unos diez metros de cemento en el tubo, que data de los años '70, para evaluar en mejor forma las opciones de reparación, pues -dijeron- GDN no está dispuesta a abandonar el siniestrado pozo 10.

Esta tarea enfrenta dos inconvenientes: se requiere un brazo mecánico que no está disponible y tendría que ser armado en Chile, lo que sería más rápido que traerlo del extranjero, dijeron en una de las empresas socias de GDN. Además, -vía oficio- el ministerio de Medioambiente condicionó este trabajo a que el titular entregue pruebas técnicas de que el tapón no fallará, es decir, que a causa de la presión excesiva el ducto no se fracturará en otro punto.

Fuente DF
Rodrigo González Fernández
Diplomado en RSE de la ONU
Diplomado en Gestión del Conocimiento de la ONU
Dirección: Renato Sánchez 3586 Of 10
Fono Cel. 93934521
Santiago Chile