SHELLING OUT RENEWABLE DIESEL Royal Dutch Shell plans to cut down its refinery footprint and transform the facilities into energy and chemical parks that generate low-carbon fuels. To that end, the oil company sold its Mobile, Alabama, facility to refiner Vertex Energy for $75 million. Vertex will convert part of the facility to renewable diesel production, which will be able to produce 10,000 barrels of renewable diesel daily. Shell also sold its Puget Sound refinery ( pictured ) to refiner HollyFrontier for $350 million. The site is equipped to produce clean gasoline and diesel fuels, as well as fuel oil, propane, butane, and jet fuel. Both deals are pending regulatory clearance, with completion expected in Q4 of 2021.
JAPAN FUELS AN AMMONIA SUPPLY CHAIN Ammonia is used for fertilizer and industrial materials, but could it also be an effective future energy source? JERA, Japan’s largest power generator, thinks so. The company is working with manufacturers,
delivery of emissions-free ammonia as fuel for electricity generation in Japan, following an agreement with Malaysia-based Petronas to collaborate on ammonia and other energy projects. JERA is also planning a demonstration project to develop technology to co-fire ammonia and coal at a 1-gigawatt commercial coal- fired power plant. In an effort to expand its renewable power assets to 5 gigawatts by 2025, JERA and its partners Equinor and Electric Power Development submitted a bid for three offshore wind power projects in Northern Japan. JERA also began an environment assessment process for two offshore projects, one off Ishikari Bay in Hokkaido and another in Northern Japan.
shipping companies, and domestic electric utilities to build out a global supply chain for ammonia as a fuel. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide when burned, but production creates emissions if it is made with fossil fuel. JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, aims to achieve net zero emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050 as well as 20% use of ammonia at its coal-fired power plants by 2035. It signed a memorandum of understanding with Norwegian ammonia maker Yara for the
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