A New Era Ahead for Pipelines?

A New Era Ahead for Pipelines?

There’s a lot of talk right now about the future of pipelines. Recent headlines would have you believe the days of pipelines are numbered as Big Oil sets dates to become Big Un-Oil and others in the industry start to implement renewables in their energy mix. But fewer pipelines won’t be a part of a fossil fuels transition. As a matter of fact, more pipelines will be necessary to transport cleaner sources of fuel like hydrogen, which is expected to become a dominant energy source along with hydro, nuclear, solar and wind. More pipelines will be required to move captured carbon dioxide for sequestration underground or for use by heavy industry. Our neighbors to the North are set to release a national hydrogen strategy before the end of the year to kickstart the sector’s growth and will include carbon-capture technology as well as natural gas to produce the fuel. Canada plans to seize hard upon the momentum hydrogen has gained with huge investments in technology and infrastructure. The country currently produces more than 3 million tons of the stuff a year.

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Maybe Grease Really Is ‘The Word’

Maybe Grease Really Is ‘The Word’

The next time you order a burger and fries, you just might help a refinery reduce emissions. At least four refiners this year have stepped forward with plans to convert their existing facilities from diesel produced from crude, to renewable diesel produced from cooking oil.

Phillips 66, Marathon, CVR Energy, and HollyFrontier have ramped up their projects amid the slowdown in gasoline demand. Phillips 66 in August announced plans to repurpose its refinery in Rodeo, Calif., to produce 100% renewable fuels from oils, fats, and greases. Retooling is expected to take 18-20 months. Once operational, Rodeo Renewed will produce more than 800 million gallons a year, making it the largest plant of its kind in the world. Acquiring enough greasy supplies for use as feedstock, however, could pose its own challenges. Curiously, the U.S. doesn’t produce enough. Getting ahead of the demand, Valero has inked a deal for fats and used cooking oil with Darling Ingredients, which collects and converts animal-based products across the globe. So, the next time you hear “Fries with that?” yep, you know what to say.

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