RFS will require more blendstock production

Scott D. Jensen, Baker & O’Brien Inc., DallasDavid C. Tamm, Baker & O’Brien Inc., HoustonThe US Energy Policy Act of 2005 has ensured the continued growth of ethanol use through its renewal fuels standard (RFS) provisions. This growth, however, will be accompanied by a series of problems and complications, many of which are not widely known.One result is clear: Refiners that are currently making reformulated gasoline (RFG) with methyl tertiary butyl ether will probably require capital investments whether they decide to produce non-oxygenated RFG or reformulated blendstocks for oxygenate blending (RBOB).This article presents an analysis of the impact of product specific...

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