Working Their Asphalt

Working Their Asphalt

The nation’s construction industry is practically giddy by the prospect of the Administration’s proposed American Jobs Plan and the $115 billion earmarked to repair pot-holed roads and highways while building shiny new ones. But it’s one heck of a hot-diggity for our friends who produce and store asphalt. For the uninitiated, asphalt is produced from a mix of aggregates and the bitumen-rich tar sands crude that’s pipelined from our Canadian neighbors to U.S. refineries for processing. You simply can’t produce asphalt without the heavy oil. Canada currently exports 3.8 MMBPD of the stuff to the U.S. Even with the death of the Keystone XL, pipeline expansions now underway will add another 950,000 BPD of capacity to keep those pavers rolling. On the storage side, Tulsa-based Blueknight Energy is poised for a giant bump should the Plan pass. The company, which last month transitioned to a pure-play operator of asphalt terminals, operates the largest independently owned network in the U.S., with 53 terminals across 26 states and more than 8.7 MMBbls of storage capacity.

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‘If You Build It…’

‘If You Build It…’

Iowa is soon to be recognized for more than its King corn, Sterzing’s potato chips, and that endearing baseball movie. With the nation’s largest number of biorefineries at 43, Iowa will be home to the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project by 2024. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the latest news from Summit Carbon Solutions, which has secured partnerships with a select group of Midwest biorefiners to construct the $2.2 billion CCS project that will capture, transport, and permanently store 10 million tons per year of carbon dioxide. Upon completion, the infrastructure network will be capable of annually reducing carbon emissions equal to taking 2 million cars off the road. Summit now has announced its latest investors—biorefiners Green Plains and Glacial Lakes Energy—also will join the partnership to connect their facilities in Minn., and Iowa to the plant. Included in the project is a newbuild pipeline that will extend across the Upper Midwest to underground storage in saline geological formations in N.D.

 

Summit Carbon Solutions

Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with a select group of leading biorefiners located in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota to execute the first phase of the project, which will put them on the path of ultimately delivering a net-zero-carbon fuel. In addition to biorefiners, Summit Carbon Solutions will partner with other industries throughout the Midwest that have carbon reduction goals to help them capture and store their carbon emissions.

https://www.summitag.com/news/summitcarbonsolutions

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A Look in the Rear View, Part II

A Look in the Rear View, Part II

The oil and gas industry’s adaption of renewable energies quickened its pace in 2020 as producers, midstream operators, and refiners rolled out new initiatives and investments to power their operations and reduce emissions. Here’s a look at just a few. Houston-based Occidental, a longtime developer and investor of low-carbon technologies and fuels, announced this month it will design and build the world’s largest carbon capture facility in N.D. The company last Fall completed a 174-panel, 120-acre solar farm in the Permian, which now replaces all grid power and supplies all energy for Oxy’s Goldsmith oilfield operations. Tulsa-based midstream giant Williams in May announced it, too, would add solar to its natural gas transmission and processing operations in nine states. But oil refiners, in particular, have been left with little choice to accelerate their shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources. The fallout from COVID and ever-stringent emissions regulations have prompted the largest to the smallest refineries to convert feedstocks to biofuels, such as soybean oil, fats, and kitchen grease. Time to: adapt, re-think, survive.

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