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The latest developments in biofuel policies on key markets like the United States, Brazil and the European Union and the prevailing crude oil price depression are also affecting world market prices for soft commodities. It comes as no surprise that the expecte...

Germany - Cheaper ARA ethanol prices boosted demand for E-5

Fuel ethanol use in May 2015 was comparably strong when compared with the preceding months but remained down on the year. Prices for fuel ethanol in ARA fell in May, while gasoline became stronger, cutting blen...

Pakistan - Stronger demand from China lifts June ethanol exports to all-time high

Ethanol exports in June 2015 amounted to a record 101.1 mln litres, local sources told F.O. Licht, up sharply on 48.9 mln in the preceding month and 52.9 mln one year earlier. The June total included 58.4 mln...

International - EU, Indonesia clash on biodiesel to go to WTO panel

Policy Indonesia's government has called at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for a Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) to decide whether EU anti-dumping duties on its biodiesel exports to the bloc breach WTO rules – with ...

International - Ethanol fixture on LatAm/EU route

Industry sources told F.O. Licht that freight rates on the EU shipping market have softened. This can be attributed to seasonal reasons. Meanwhile, the stronger ARA ethanol market and the slight rebound in the ...

Germany - Beet ethanol keeps 2015 output at record high

Sugar beets The large availability of surplus sugar beet syrup following the bumper 2014/15 harvest has boosted ethanol output in Jan/May to a record high for this period.All in all output reached 466.5 mln litres during t...

Brazil - Rains slow cane crushing in H1 July

6-month old sugarcane Sugar mills in Brazil's Centre/South sugarcane region crushed much less cane in the first half of July compared with a year earlier and the previous fortnight because of heavy rains, Unica's latest crop update ...

Ethanol producer Pacific Ethanol Inc. reported a positive net income of around $2.3 mln for Apr/Jun 2015, up from its $-4.5 mln loss in the preceding ...

United States - Fuel ethanol output at ten-week low

Fuel ethanol production in the week to July 24, 2015 amounted to 965,000 barrels per day (bpd), said the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), d...

Thailand - Energy Ministry announces increase in biodiesel mandate

Local daily the Bangkok Post said the Thai Energy Ministry plans to increase the minimum blending obligation for biodiesel to B-7 from B-6 from August...

United States - Refiners, former White House official ask EPA to tweak biofuels program

Independent oil refiners and a former White House official have urged US regulators to tweak the biofuels program to shift responsibility for complyin...

United States - Lower corn cost, good demand bring Green Plains' ethanol business back in the black

US agribusiness company Green Plains Inc. reported a sharp rebound in results from its ethanol operations for Apr/Jun 2015 after the $-13.1 mln loss i...

United States - DuPont's cellulosic ethanol plant completed

US chemicals major Du Pont said its cellulosic ethanol project in Nevada, Iowa is now mechanically complete. The company in late 2012 had started to b...

Indonesia - Government alters export tax system for palm oil

The government has issued a regulation that changes the way export taxes are calculated for crude palm oil (CPO) and other palm products, the Finance ...

 

United States - UPS to boost renewable diesel use

Logistics company UPS reported on three agreements for up to 46 mln gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years. Neste from Finland and US companies t...

Indonesia - B-15 blending to start August 15

Local press reports cited official sources saying that state-owned fuel supplier Pertamina will start B-15 blending on August 15, 2015, after the financing of t...

United States - Decline in fuel ethanol output continues

Fuel ethanol production in the week to July 17, 2015 amounted to 973,000 barrels per day (bpd), said the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). This was do...

Argentina - Biodiesel exports at six-month high

FAME exports in June 2015 amounted to 93,200 tonnes, trade data show, the highest for the current calendar year, which compares with 35,375 in May and 142,170 o...

Zimbabwe - Fuel ethanol production from cassava

Official sources from the Energy Ministry told the local press that an investor has plans to build an ethanol plant in Mashonaland Central Province. Discussions...

United States - UPS to boost renewable diesel use

Logistics company UPS reported on three agreements for up to 46 mln gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years. Neste from Finland and US companies t...

New Zealand - LanzaTech unit cuts losses

LanzaTech New Zealand narrowed its annual loss as the company shifts into commercialisation from its previous development phase, said local press reports. The c...