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Palm oil cheaper than diesel fuel

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 11:12am

In Germany, according to UFOP, selling prices for palm oil and diesel fuel have recently converged to the same level, after the former had even been at a lower price for six months. UFOP fears that the use of palm oil will increase, because palm oil prices have tumbled to a very low level since January 2017, temporarily even falling below the price for diesel fuel.

The main reason is the continuing rise in global supplies of vegetable oil, especially palm oil. Experts estimate that in Indonesia alone supplies will grow from 37 million tonnes in 2017 to 43 million tonnes in the running year. The oversupply has of course led to pressure on prices. A particularly sharp decline in prices was seen in November 2018, with prices plunging to a level last seen nine years earlier, Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH) has reported.

During the same period, crude oil prices moved in the opposite direction, climbing substantially due to US penalties against Iraq and the OPEC countries’ self-imposed cuts in crude output. Moreover, reduced output in Russia and the US limited supply and drove up oil prices. In Germany, diesel peaked at 68.14 euro cents per litre net ex tank storage facility, which was a six-year high. This meant that diesel prices exceeded those of palm oil for the first time in July 2018 and remained above that level for several weeks. From UFOP’s standpoint, it would be absurd if palm oil-based fuels, of all things, would benefit from these freak changes in prices in 2019.

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IEA Bioenergy report on bioenergy supply chains

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 11:10am

In Ireland, IEA Bioenergy released its summary reports on Measuring, Governing, and Gaining Support for Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains. These reports summarize the efforts of an inter-task project designed to address the challenges associated with measuring and governing, as well as communicating, how bioenergy systems contribute to sustainable development. A multitude of studies were initiated focusing largely on the agricultural and forestry sectors, and on biogas systems.

The reports offer recommendations for policy makers and others involved with measuring, governing and communicating sustainability of bioenergy. The findings also raised questions that needs further work. The new IEA Bioenergy Task 45 – Climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy – will, among other, build their work on the results of this project during the 2019-2021 triennium. One key goal of the Task is to increase understanding of the environmental, social and economic effects of producing and using biomass for bioenergy, within the broader bioeconomy. A central aspect concerns the development and application of science-based methodologies and tools for assessing the effects of biobased systems, as well as the communication with stakeholders at various levels.

The project was a collaborative effort between different IEA Bioenergy Tasks (37, 38, 39, 40, 42, and 43) that involved a number of studies focusing largely on the agricultural and forestry sectors.

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Novozymes releases strategy update for 2020-2022

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 11:09am

In Denmark, Novozymes updated their strategy for the three-year period 2020-2022 which focuses on better utilization of Novozymes’ core capabilities, making it possible to better prioritize high-impact pipeline projects, invest in new longer term strategic opportunity areas and drive stronger commercial execution.

According to Novozymes, they serve many industries with different customer needs and the ability to differentiate innovation, product offerings and service levels at industry and geographical level is expected to generate higher growth. “Novozymes’ enzyme and microbial technology platforms, together with dedicated employees, make biology matter every day and remain the foundation for its future success,” said Novozymes’ press release.

In the three-year period 2020-2022, Novozymes targets 5+% annual organic sales growth with 2020 likely negatively impacted by portfolio changes. By 2022, we expect the EBIT margin to be at 28% or above and ROIC incl. goodwill at 23% or above.

Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, says: “We will free up DKK 200-300 million from our existing portfolios, as well as from simplification and efficiency improvements. We will reinvest a significant part of that in new strategic opportunities, high-growth projects and commercial activities that generate improved performance over the coming years and create significant options and results for Novozymes and its stakeholders.”

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BASF and Lutianhua to pilot new DME production process

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 11:08am

In Germany, BASF and Sichuan Lutianhua Co., Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-develop a pilot production plant, that will significantly reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in producing dimethyl ether (DME) from syngas compared to the traditional process.

DME is a methanol equivalent and can be used as an intermediate to produce lower olefins like ethylene and propylene. Currently, DME is produced via methanol as an intermediate from syngas.

According to the MoU, Lutianhua will invest and build the plant with a step-change technology that is developed by BASF and Linde. BASF will supply new, high-performance catalyst systems that enable one-step conversion of syngas to DME while Linde will provide its newly developed process design and engineering for direct DME synthesis. The pilot plant is planned to be built in 2020. The cooperation has been facilitated by the newly established Open Innovation Platform of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF).


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BNDES approves R$47 million for sugarcane bagasse energy cogeneration

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 11:07am

In Brazil, the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) approved a R$46.9 million ($12 million USD) financing for the Central Energética Tupaciguara Ltda. increase its cogeneration capacity and export electricity produced from sugarcane bagasse. Financing will allow the expansion of current capacity from 12 MW to 35 MW per year from 2023. Exports will increase from 5.5 MW to 25 MW per year.

Located in the municipality of Tupaciguara, 50 km from Uberlândia, in Minas Gerais, Central is a special purpose company (SPE), created in 2018 by Grupo Saci Perplan, which operates in the sugar-energy sector. The BNDES funds represent 76% of the total cost of the project and will be used in the acquisition of equipment and civil works to enable the increase of installed generation capacity.

The new cogeneration structure should start operating from the 2019-2020 harvest, with a gradual increase in installed cogeneration capacity. From 2023, the annual generation of the Tupaciguara Power Plant will have reached its maximum capacity, with an increase of more than 190%, going from the current 12 MW to 35 MW. Similarly, the annual power exported should increase from 5.5 MW to 25 MW.

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SAF taking off in Brazil with Boeing, RSB, WWF collaboration

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 10:20am

Boeing announced a big bucks $1 million investment into the Brazilian bioeconomy. More specifically, their commitment will focus on identifying suitable feedstocks and supporting small-scale farmers across the country achieve RSB certification for the production of biomass for alternative fuels. The project will also support a diversification of production that will fuel the broader regional bioeconomy.

Project specifics

The three organizations will start the project by identifying small communities of farmers in Brazil with the most promising potential to provide biomass for SAF production. The producers will then be certified using sustainability indicators that drive social benefits such as income generation, solid labor practices and food security. Groups of small farmers that produce sugarcane and macaúba oil in southeast Brazil have already been certified by RSB in recent years, with Boeing’s financial support.

This $1 million investment provides an additional layer to the Fuelling the Sustainable Bioeconomy project – a partnership between RSB and WWF and powered by Boeing’s Global Engagement portfolio. The project aims to help the aviation industry play a leading role in tackling the threat of climate change, creating jobs, stimulating economic growth, developing rural livelihoods and protecting the environment.

RSB’s take

“Boeing aims to develop a truly sustainable aviation industry that will maximize the environmental, social and economic benefits of the bioeconomy – and RSB’s approach to sustainability will be key in guiding this investment,” according to RSB. “RSB’s approach to sustainability has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group of industry, business, NGOs and civil society and is widely acknowledged as a uniquely credible and practical solution for growing a sustainable bioeconomy.”

Travelling on an RSB-certified fuel also guarantees a minimum of 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring that key issues like deforestation, food security, water quality, land and human rights have been taken care of.

What’s WWF role?

WWF is integrated in the aviation and biofuel space with their involvement with SkyNRG – Jenny Walther-Thoss from WWF serves as a member of SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board. WWF was pretty excited about the KLM, SkyNRG and SHV Energy work towards the world’s largest stand-alone sustainable aviation fuels project, as reported in The Digest in May.

In this case, however, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) will be working with RSB to ensure sustainability in feedstock options and farming practices in order to increase the capacity for sustainable production for the aviation sector.

There’s some long history coming into play here. Boeing has played a key role as an RSB member in developing this approach and has collaborated with RSB and WWF on various projects over the last 6 years to advance the growth of a truly sustainable aviation industry in Brazil and globally.

“By ensuring that their investment in the bioeconomy in Brazil is anchored in the best-in-class sustainability of the RSB standard, Boeing is helping to grow an aviation industry that creates jobs and boosts the Brazilian economy without negatively impacting food security, biodiversity, land access or water rights and security,” according to RSB.

Boeing’s take

This latest investment builds on Boeing’s long-standing commitment to supporting and developing Brazil’s aviation and aerospace ecosystem through education and training programs, research and development initiatives and industry partnerships, as reported in The Digest last week.

This ain’t no small potatoes. Building the next generation of aviation and aerospace talent is a key focus for Boeing’s community investment around the world. As the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide.

A bit of background on Boeing’s work in Africa before Brazil – From 2016–2018, Boeing Global Engagement provided three years of grants to South Africa’s micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses to help them participate in the emerging green economy and build a local, sustainable aviation fuel market.

These grants were also awarded to the World Wildlife Fund in South Africa and the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials in Geneva, Switzerland, to help them evaluate the impacts of sustainable fuel feedstocks and engage with small farmers to build capacity and integrate sustainability into their operations.

The funding led to a better understanding of the most promising African locations for additional biomass to support the production of sustainable aviation fuel. It also laid the foundation for scaling up sustainable aviation fuel production.

You can read more on Boeing’s 2019 Environment Report here.

Reactions from the stakeholders

Brazil is a biofuel powerhouse and we believe this leadership can also translate into benefits for small farmers and communities who are at the forefront of the multi-feedstock supply chain that can support biojet fuel production in the country,” said Marc Allen, senior vice president of Boeing and president of Embraer Partnership & Group Operations.

“Over the past 10 years, Boeing has invested more than USD 2 million in community projects in Brazil,” said Allen. “Brazil is a leader in the global aerospace industry and Boeing is committed to working with our local partners to ensure it remains at the forefront of innovation for generations to come.”

“Boeing’s commitment to ensuring real and credible sustainability in the growing bioeconomy has seen them play a hands-on role in Brazil and beyond for many years,” said RSB’s Executive Director, Rolf Hogan. “This new piece in the puzzle reaffirms that commitment and we are looking forward to working with farmers, business, industry, government and other stakeholders in shaping this latest investment in growing a strong and sustainable bioeconomy which will create opportunities for all as we win the fight against climate change and environmental degradation.”

Bottom Line

A beautiful trifecta of cooperation – Boeing, RSB and WWF. RSB’s hard work for many years to move aviation fuels forward in terms of sustainable goals is coming to fruition. WWF’s vision of making one of the transportation industry’s largest carbon emitters per passenger a bit more planet friendly is being realized. And of course, Boeing in all its large global gloriousness is making it all come true with implementation in the real-world. It’s nice to see organizations walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

And we expect more…Boeing gave a heads up that the company expects to make an announcement about further investment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Brazil in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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Maersk launches biofuel trial with H&M Group

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:00pm

In Denmark, a new carbon neutral product – the first of its kind in the industry – is being piloted with select Maersk customers who are highly engaged in sustainable solutions for their supply chain. H&M Group is the first company to trial it as part of the shift towards carbon-neutral transportation.

The biofuel in the pilot project is the same blend of used cooking oil and heavy which has been tested and successfully validated in a trial driven in collaboration with the Dutch Sustainability Growth Coalition (DSGC), and Shell his year. It is certified as a sustainable fuel by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) body.

The biofuel to be utilized is carbon neutral and provides H&M Group the ability to reduce their transport and logistics emissions towards their aspiration of carbon neutrality, when accounting for only the emissions from the vessel. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) will provide a procedure to ensure carbon savings are accredited to our customers appropriately. When taking a full lifecycle view including also all emissions from upstream production and transportation, the fuel entails savings of 85% compared to bunker fuel.

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Scania buses run on wine residue-based ethanol ion France’s Ile de Ré

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:59pm

In France, in looking for alternatives apart from electric buses, the municipalities of the French island Ile de Ré found the solution to their needs quite literally around the corner. That’s because the regular two-hour coach service between La Rochelle and the westernmost point on Ile de Ré is now being driven by Scania Interlink coaches powered by ethanol produced from grape residue from local wine production.

Facing an unsustainable situation with three million cars crossing the bridge each year, the island has embarked upon a far-reaching program to establish itself as a low-carbon area. Funding for clean energy and transport, as well as maintaining wetlands, protecting ecosystems and restoring dunes, is provided through the ‘ecotaxe’, which takes half of the annual 14 million euro proceeds from the island’s bridge toll revenues: motorists pay a hefty eight euros in winter and twice as much in summer to cross the bridge.

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Engineering Biology Research Consortium launches new synthetic biology roadmap

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:58pm

In California, genetically engineered trees that provide fire-resistant lumber for homes. Modified organs that won’t be rejected. Synthetic microbes that monitor your gut to detect invading disease organisms and kill them before you get sick.

These are just some of the exciting advances likely to emerge from the 20-year-old field of engineering biology, or synthetic biology, which is now mature enough to provide solutions to a range of societal problems, according to a new roadmap released by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, a public-private partnership partially funded by the National Science Foundation and centered at the University of California, Berkeley.

The roadmap is the work of more than 80 scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines, representing more than 30 universities and a dozen companies. While highly technical, the report provides a strong case that the federal government should invest in this area, not only to improve public health, food crops and the environment, but also to fuel the economy and maintain the country’s leadership in synthetic biology. The report comes out in advance of the year’s major technical conference for synthetic biology, 2019 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design, which takes place June 23-27 in New York City.

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Highwater Ethanol awaiting green light to boost ethanol production to 70.2 mypg

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:57pm

In Minnesota, Highwater Ethanol has applied for permission from state environmental authorities to expand its air emissions permit in order to boost ethanol production to 70.2 million gallons per year from the current 59.5 million gallons in an effort to boost efficiencies and reduce the cost of production in a time of low margins but it will only take advantage of the new limits if the market allows. The permit is expected to be approved before August 1.

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India Oil files seeks environmental permissions for $100 million 2G ethanol plant

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:56pm

In India, the Economic Times newspaper reports that Indian Oil Company has applied for environmental permissions to build a planned $100 million second generation ethanol facility co-located at its Panipat refinery using straw and other non-food biomass as feedstock. Praj will design the 100,000 liter per day facility that will use 473 metric tons of straw daily. Currently 12 2G biorefineries are under development across the country in response to the government’s push for more ethanol production.

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Sao Martinho to co-locate $94 million corn-based ethanol plant at Goiás sugar mill

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:55pm

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Sao Martinho plans to invest more than $94 million in a new corn-based ethanol plant in Quirinópolis in Goiás, co-located with its Boa Vista mill. The new facility will produce 200 million liters of hydrous ethanol annually along with 140,000 metric tons of DDGS, but the company did not say in a securities filing when the plant was set to come online. The technology provider for the facility wasn’t mentioned in the article either.

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Iowa State University researchers find biochar ideal for slow-release fertilizer

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:53pm

In Iowa, Iowa State University researchers weren’t looking for a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality, but they may have found one.

Researchers looking to add value to biochar – a solid, porous co-product of heating corn stalks and other sources of biomass to produce liquid bio-oil in a process called pyrolysis – were studying its physical and chemical properties.

So, what could add value to this black powder, making pyrolysis a more economically attractive biofuel technology?

Maybe biochar could be mixed with biomass to improve the quality of biogas from anaerobic digestion? Or maybe it could help control livestock odors? Or, maybe it could be mixed with composted manure and the fibrous leftovers of anaerobic digestion to produce a fertilizer?

The application of nutrients via biochar – unlike some fertilizers used today – is stable in the soil and won’t wash away in the rain or leach into groundwater. That could improve the quality of water running off farm fields, decreasing the nutrients that feed algal blooms that take up oxygen in water, helping to create the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone.”

Researchers also found biochar doesn’t release adsorbed phosphate quickly. He’s calculated that it releases nearly 18 milligrams of phosphorous per kilogram of soil after three hours of continuous leaching with water – just about equal to the 22 milligrams of phosphorous per kilogram of soil that’s recommended for growing crops.

By oxidizing the iron in the pretreatment process, they said even more phosphate can be adsorbed and released, nearly 23 milligrams per kilogram of soil after three hours of leaching with water.

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National Corn Growers Association airs ads asking Trump to stop letting EPA give away hardship waivers

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:51pm

In Washington, National Corn Growers Association has begun airing an advertisement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies. These waivers negatively impact farmers by undercutting the RFS and reducing corn demand.

The ad features NCGA First Vice President and Iowa farmer Kevin Ross who recently appeared at an ethanol plant with President Trump in recognition of the Administration’s support of year-round E15. During the event, Ross thanked the President for delivering on this promise but cautioned, “The EPA’s oil refinery waivers threaten to undo your good works.”

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The Competitive Edge: Mercurius Biorefining

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:49pm
Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?

Mercurius Biorefining, Inc. was established to produce profitable drop-in fuel (Diesel and Jet Fuel) from nonfood biomass feedstocks. Mercurius is developing a non-fermentation, non-alcohol based, faster ~cheaper~ better method of producing profitable drop-in biofuels.

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?

Mercurius Biorefining has a patented, novel Biorefinery process that transforms low value cellulosic material into drop in diesel, jet fuel, and renewable chemicals. Renewable Acid-Hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating (REACH) technology takes a mild pressure and temperature liquid phase catalytic approach to unlocking the potential of cellulosic material.

In summary, cellulosic material (agricultural or forestry production residues, biogenic MSW) is delivered to the Biorefinery. First, we treat the material in an acid hydrolysis unit (similar to pulp and paper mills) to create a bio-crude and a solid char product. At this stage of the process several bio-chemicals (Levulinic Acid, Formic Acid, Furfural, Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA)) can be extracted for sale at a very low cost of production. The bio-crude can then be further processed through a Condensation unit into the required carbon chains resembling the liquid fuel product desired.

Q: What stage of development are you?

Pilot stage – proven at small, non-integrated scale

Q: What do your technologies, products or services do and accomplish – how does it (they) work, who is it (they) aimed for?

Mercurius uses a proprietary, patent pending technology called Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating (REACH) to make profitable drop-in hydrocarbon fuels.

Mercurius simultaneously addresses five key issues:

  1. The urgent need for a reliable, economic, scalable, drop-in biofuel;
  2. The production of biofuels within a highly profitable business platform;
  3. The ongoing need to produce biofuels from non-food biomass feedstocks;
  4. The production of fuels with a near carbon neutral method.
  5. Mercurius diesel and jet fuel will be drop-in compatible with existing fuel infrastructure.
Mercurius will also produce high-value, specialty chemical products including: FDCA, formic and levulinic acid. Q: Competitively, what gives your technology, product or service set an edge in cost

or performance, sustainability, or any other aspect, that makes it stand out from the crowd, In short, what makes it transformative?

One way to look at the Mercurius competitive advantage is to compare its liquid phase catalytic REACH technology to competing technologies. This comparison shows a large advantage for Mercurius versus competing technologies that use cellulosic feedstock. Cellulosic ethanol technologies are estimated to be 3 to 4 times as capital intensive. Fischer Tropsch (FT) diesel production would require even more capital.

Mercurius jet/diesel also has an advantage on the operating cost side, due to high yields without expensive enzymes, microbes, or extreme operating conditions that drive up maintenance costs.

In addition, REACH achieves full carbon recovery since CO2 is not created during the conversion process. REACH converts biomass to a diesel product, as do LS9 and Amyris processes, but does not require the biomass to first be converted to sugars. Our process is not based on fermentation and does not suffer from slow reactions and is not dependent on expensive microbes.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you have accomplished in the past 3 years?
  1. Scale up of the hydrolysis step of REACH from milliliters and 1 liter at bench to 400 liters at pilot.
  2. Production of hydrocarbon precursors in the diesel and jet fuel range in the condensation step of REACH.
  3. Deoxygenation and production of diesel and jet fuel range hydrocarbons from the Hydrotreating step.
Q: What are the 3 top milestones you will accomplish in the next 3 years?
  1. Build a pilot plant in Gladstone, QLD Australia to continuously take raw biomass (bagasse and wood waste) though all three stages of the REACH process.
  2. Test and refine operations during the pilot to improve yields and input recovery.
  3. Start the process of testing REACH diesel and jet fuel to meet ASTM standards.


  1. Where can I learn more about Mercurius?

Click here to visit Mercurius’s website.

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Not Just for Go/No-Go Decisions: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide Due Diligence for Bioeconomy Projects

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:43pm

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy.

Doug Rivers and others from LEC gave this illuminating presentation on due diligence in the bioeconomy, how it varies depending on the nature and stage of the project, how due diligence fits in throughout the technology lifecycle, how it helps identify future challenges and risks, and more.

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Green Plains announces offering of $105 million in convertible senior notes

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 6:24pm

In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. announced the pricing of its offering of $105 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2024, which was upsized from the previously announced $100 million aggregate principal amount of notes. The notes are to be offered and sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”)), by the initial purchasers of the notes.  The company has also granted the initial purchasers of the notes a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $20 million aggregate principal amount of notes.

The company expects to use approximately $40 million of the net proceeds from the offering to repurchase approximately 3.2 million shares of common stock concurrently with the offering in privately negotiated transactions. These repurchases are allocated out of the remaining $80 million of availability under the $100 million stock purchase program authorized by the Board of Directors in 2014. The company also expects to use approximately $57.8 million of the net proceeds to repurchase the outstanding $56.8 million outstanding principal amount of its 3.25% convertible senior notes due October 1, 2019, including accrued interest, in privately negotiated transactions concurrently with this offering.  The remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.

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China refuses to drop anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on US-origin DDGS

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 6:23pm

In China, Reuters reports that despite an upcoming meeting between US and Chinese leaders next week and an investigation into anti-dumping tariffs on US-origin DDGS that concluded in April, the country has decided not to drop the tariffs because it fears that lowering the tariffs would encourage an untenable influx of DDGS that could damage domestic producers. Existing anti-dumping duties are 42.2%-53.7% while anti-subsidy tariffs are 11.2%-12%. The trade war between the US and China escalated again last month and some Chinese traders believe Beijing’s decision on US-origin DDGS could be a sign that it is not afraid to continue fighting the war.

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Indonesian ship owners worried about impacts of B30 mandate on their engines

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 6:22pm

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the trade association for ship operators fears that mandatory use of B30 could negatively impact the engines of their vessels. Most vessels have old engines which the association’s secretary general said have already suffered from the use of mandated B20, so the switch to B30 next year would lead to significant financial losses. The challenge, he said, with B20 is its higher viscosity compared to 100% fossil-based diesel which slows down the combustion of fuel in the older engines.

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Virgin Australia hits 1 millionth kilometer flying on Gevo aviation biofuel

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 6:21pm

In Australia, Aviation Australia reports that Virgin Australia Airlines has racked up 1 million kilometers on aviation biofuel with 700 flights flown on a blend since it started running its trial on commercial flights last fall after taking its first delivery of Gevo fuel in August 2018. The trial is in partnership between the airline, Gevo, the government of Queensland, Brisbane Airport where Virgin Australia has its hub, and supply chain partners Caltex and DB Schenker.

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