Global Partners axes 70 jobs as it focuses on ethanol amid low oil prices

Plantations International News US-based logistics frim Global Partners LP has cut 70 jobs and aims to handle only ethanol, not crude, at its rail terminal in Oregon in response to low oil prices. The company, which owns one of the largest terminal networks of petroleum products and renewable fuels in the north east of the US, also cut its distribution for the October-December period by 33.7% compared to the previous quarter, and is evaluating all its businesses for possible disposition or reconfiguration. In a statement, Global Partners' CEO, Eric Slifka, said: "We continue to be negatively impacted by fixed costs associated [...]

Michigan State University partners with ExxonMobil to improve algal biofuels

Plantations International Information A new $ 1 million (appr. EUR890,000) connection in between Michigan State University (MSU) and also ExxonMobil will certainly increase research study developed to advance the essential scientific research required to progress algae-based fuels. The general objective of the partnership is to enhance the effectiveness of photosynthesis in microalgae to create biofuels and bioproducts. The trick to bioenergy is the effectiveness of photosynthesis, the procedure algae usage to record solar power and also the very first step in converting the power from the sun into a fluid gas. Previous research has actually shown that algae photosynthesis can be [...]