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Boom times: Green diesel plant could light a fire under canola

New renewable diesel facility expected to soak up a lot of canola oil, and fuel major production increases

Reading Time: 5 minutes Alberta farmers could see a huge new market for their canola right in their own backyard — the country’s largest renewable diesel facility. “It’s exciting news,” said Chris Vervaet, executive director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association. “Another market — and a potentially significant market — that drives demand is a boon for the canola […] Read more

A view of Imperial Oil’s Strathcona fuel refinery from the North Saskatchewan River. (Imperial Oil photo via BusinessWire)

Imperial Oil lays out Alberta renewable diesel plan

Company would use 'locally grown' canola, soybean oils

Reuters — Imperial Oil, one of Canada’s biggest oil producers and refiners, on Wednesday outlined a plan to process vegetable oil into renewable diesel at its 191,000-barrel-per-day Edmonton-area refinery. The project, which still requires final approval, is part of majority-owner Exxon Mobil’s goal of producing more than 40,000 barrels per day of low-emissions fuels by […] Read more


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Diesel prices, carbon tax cause headaches for farmers

MarketsFarm — Crude oil prices have been steadily on the rise since last November as oil-producing nations implement production cuts and Canadian farmers already affected by climbing diesel prices will have to dig deeper into their wallets this April. On April 1, the federal government’s carbon levy on diesel will go up from 8.05 cents […] Read more

Pickup trucks roll out of General Motors’ assembly plant at Oshawa, Ont. (Media.gm.ca)

GM aims to end sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered light trucks, cars by 2035

Washington | Reuters — General Motors said on Thursday it was setting a goal to sell all its new cars, SUVS and light pickup trucks with zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, a dramatic shift by the largest U.S. automaker away from gasoline and diesel engines. GM, which also said it plans to become carbon-neutral by […] Read more


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U.S. oil refiners press on renewable diesel for Canadian market

Few such projects seen moving forward within Canada

Winnipeg/New York | Reuters — U.S. oil refineries are moving aggressively to produce renewable diesel, partly to cash in on Canada’s greener fuel standard before Canadian refiners modify their own plants. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government intends to present its Clean Fuel Standard this year, aiming to cut 30 million tonnes of emissions by […] Read more



Smoke rises from the site of burning railcars at a CP derailment near Guernsey, Sask., on Feb. 6, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Nayan Sthankiya)

Canada to cut speed limits for trains hauling dangerous goods

New curb follows another Saskatchewan crash, fire

Ottawa/Winnipeg | Reuters — The federal government said Thursday it would impose temporary speed limits on trains hauling dangerous goods after a Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) crude oil train derailed and caught fire. The accident, which happened in the early hours of Thursday near Guernsey, Sask., about 40 km south of Humboldt, was the second […] Read more



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U.S. diesel prices hit three-year low as harvest delays feared

New York | Reuters — Diesel prices in the U.S. Midwest have sunk to a three-year seasonal low as farmers in the region face adverse weather conditions, further complicating an already delayed harvest season, traders and farmers said. Diesel demand typically rises during harvest season because farming equipment and trucks transporting product use the fuel. […] Read more