-- BP, Amyris form separate Brazilian biofuels JVs BP PLC and biofuels production specialist Amyris Biotechnologies, Emeryvill, Calif., will form separate joint ventures with Brazilian firms to step up production and distribution of biofuels in Brazil.
-- Workers to strike at UK's Grangemouth refinery The UK has urged motorists to remain calm ahead of a planned strike at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland that threatens to cut fuel supplies there and to the north of England.
-- 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.