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US ethanol exports rise 26% in 2016 to second-highest level on record

The US exported more than 68,000 bpd of fuel ethanol in 2016, an increase of 26% from export levels in 2015. US imports of ethanol, which are relatively much smaller, decreased by 60% to 36 million gallons in 2016. The United States remained a net exporter of fuel ethanol for the seventh consecutive year, exporting ethanol to 34 different countries, with Asian and South American markets receiving the highest volumes.

Ethanol train derails in Iowa, catches fire with no injuries reported

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- More than two dozen tank cars hauling ethanol derailed Friday morning in northwestern Iowa, causing some to catch fire and sending an unknown volume of the biofuel into a nearby creek, officials said.

CERAWeek '17: Motiva CEO discusses impact of border tax, US regulations

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Smith, Ashley

Implications of a proposed border tax could create higher crude and product prices, inflated margins and increased operating costs for the US refining industry, Dan Romasko, president and CEO of Motiva Enterprises said during a panel discussion at CERAWeek Tuesday, March 7.

OxyChem, Mexichem announce startup of JV ethylene cracker in Texas

INGLESIDE, Texas — Ingleside Ethylene, LLC, the 50/50 JV between Occidental Chemical Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V., announced that its ethylene cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, Texas, complex began operations on schedule and on budget. The ethylene cracker is currently in a production stabilization phase.

RFA, Department of Commerce host program to match US ethanol sellers, international buyers

SAN DIEGO — For the second consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration to host an International Buyer Program (IBP) at the National Ethanol Conference. The program is designed to introduce US ethanol sellers to foreign buyers in an effort to expand US exports.

KBR awarded revamp contract for Korean ethylene plant

HOUSTON -- KBR, Inc. announced it has been awarded a technology licensing and basic engineering design (LBED) revamp contract by LG Chem for its Ethylene Plant at Daesan, South Korea.

Trump seeks to quell ethanol industry worry as Pruitt enters EPA

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday assured ethanol industry advocates of their importance in US energy strategy in an apparent bid to quell concerns over potential changes to policies that mandate the use of such renewable fuels.

RFA: Net US ethanol exports reached 1.01-B gallons in 2016, a record high

WASHINGTON — Net exports of ethanol from the United States set a new record of 1.01 billion gallons in 2016, according to a new eight-page summary of 2016 ethanol trade data published by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Buffett's BNSF cuts ethanol shipper costs amid push for safer train cars

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- BNSF Railway Co will start offering discounts to ethanol shippers this April if they agree to use new, safer train cars, as it pushes to scrub puncture-prone ones from its rail lines at a faster pace than required by US regulations.

LyondellBasell completes Corpus Christi complex expansion

HOUSTON, and LONDON -- LyondellBasell, one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced completion of the 800 million pounds-per-year ethylene expansion project at the company's Corpus Christi, Texas, site.