-- UK launches 2.5% biofuels transport requirement Environmentalists and charities have criticized the UK's requirement that all fuels must have 2.5% of biofuels, claiming the measure is raising food prices and damaging the environment.
-- CTL deemed 'credible' fuel option despite drawbacks CTL appears to be one of the more credible alternatives to oil "for the long-term supply of transport fuels," said IFP Pres. Olivier Appert in a keynote address concluding the World CTL conference in Paris Apr. 3-4.
-- Nippon Oil to shutter Toyama refinery Nippon Oil, Japan's largest refiner, will shutter its smallest refinery, the 60,000 b/d Toyama facility operated by unit Nihonkai Oil Co., according to press reports.
-- 'This majority remains tied to a dogma' House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.), after the EIA released figures on April 4 which indicate US reliance on oil from OPEC members grew from 50.9% of total crude imports in 2006 to 57.6% in 2007.
-- ACS: Preparation method key to HDS catalyst performance Oxford Catalysts will announce, in a presentation Apr. 9 at the ACS meeting in New Orleans, that a new approach to catalyst preparation could provide major improvements in the performance of HDS catalysts.
-- Sasol proposes Project Mafutha CTL plant Sasol Technology has hired Foster Wheeler South Africa to carry out a prefeasibility study for the Project Mafutha coal-to-liquids plant in South Africa.
-- Cuba's Cienfuegos refinery on line; expansion mulled Processing at Cuba's 65,000 b/d Cienfuegos refinery is on schedule 2 months into operations with gasoline output beginning in March and expansion plans on the drawing board, according to a senior official.
-- China faces diesel, gasoline shortages China is facing shortages of diesel and gasoline as the gap widens between rising international crude prices and centrally controlled fuel markets.
-- Group plans Vietnam refinery, petrochemical complex Japan's Idemitsu Kosan and Mitsui Chemicals will join Kuwait Petroleum International and Petrovietnam to build a ¥600 billion petrochemical complex in Vietnam that will include a 200,000 b/d refinery.
-- PetroChina's Dushanzi refinery nears completion China National Petroleum Corp. said the Dushanzi refinery, operated by subsidiary PetroChina Co. Ltd. as part of a larger petrochemical facility, will begin trial operations in August.
-- Oman Shipping starts $4 billion fleet expansion Oman's state-owned Oman Shipping Co. (OSC) plans to spend $4 billion in the next 3-4 years to expand its fleet as part of the country's latest effort to upgrade its oil industry.