US Gulf Hydrocarbon to distribute algal oils for biofuel processing

19 August 2013 18:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Gulf Hydrocarbon will distribute and sell algal oils for further processing into fuels as part of a contract with Algae International Group, Gulf Hydrocarbon said on Monday.

The contract is effective immediately and will begin by Gulf Hydrocarbon shipping samples of algal oils for testing as biodiesel feedstocks.

“Algae oils were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as a biofuel feedstock in 2010 but we have yet to see the feedstock available. By shipping samples to the biodiesel producers, we can begin the process of registering the numerous production plants with the EPA,” says Jess Hewitt, chairman of Gulf Hydrocarbon.

As part of the agreement, Gulf Hydrocarbon will offer standard biodiesel reference fuels made using output from Algae International Group’s pilot facility in Tulare, California.

According to Hewitt, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) requirements for engine and material compatibility mean that the distributor be able to supply a standard reference fuel before the engine manufacturers can certify the use of the algal-based biodiesel in on-road and off-road vehicle engines.

Gulf Hydrocarbon distributes and sells biofuels.

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