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World news round-up 4 November 2014

Tata’s new steel range; Biomass plant in Philippines; UAE aluminium firm cleared; Probe into alleged dumping of US cotton; Chinese rescue for US biofuel plant

Range of new Tata steels

Tata Steel has unveiled a range of steels aimed at helping auto makers to reduce the weight of undercarriages and increase fuel efficiency. Called XPF steels (eXtra Processing Formability), the new products will be made commercially available in early 2015 and were developed by Tata’s research and development teams at IJmuiden in the Netherlands, where the products will also be manufactured.

Press release

Biomass project in Philippines

Bronzeoak and ThomasLloyd Group are to develop a 20MW biomass power plant costing $90m (£56m) at Negros Occidental province in Philippines. Construction is expected to begin in April and would take up to two years. The plant will utilise sugarcane waste but has multi-feedstock capability. The company plans to build two other power plants in South Negros and Tarlac in Philippines.

Manila Standard Today

Emirates Global Aluminium cleared

UAE-based Emirates Global Aluminium has been cleared of accusations of unfairly undercutting Indian rivals after an investigation into the export of cheap aluminium products to India.  Indian investigations have been concluded without any penalties being imposed.

Steel Guru

Steel plant in Indonesia’s Jambi

Chinese firms Fuhai and Ansteel will invest up to $1.2bn (£750m) in the development of an industrial estate and its infrastructure facilities at Ujung Jabung, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The agreement focuses on developing the zone that will be used to develop a steel smelting plant. The first stage will cost around $1.2bn and consist of a steel plant, a power plant, a port and a number of supporting facilities. Commercial production will commence in 2016.

Jakarta Post

Probe on dumping of US cotton

Turkey is to investigate possible dumping of US cotton in the country. The government will look into “biased” competition in imports of non-carded or combed cotton from the US. The announcement came just four days after US regulators cleared the way for a 1.25% anti-subsidy duty on Turkish imports of steel rebar.

Business Recorder

First tyres-to-fuel plant in North America

Liberty Tire Recycling of US has signed a long-term tyre chip supply agreement with energy-from-waste firm Global Clean Energy (GCE) for a pyrolysis plant intended for an as-yet undisclosed location. GCE’s tyres-to-fuel facility will convert the equivalent of more than 800,000 scrap tyres annually, using pyrolysis gasification technology, into transportation fuel and tyre-derived carbon char. The plant is the first of several that GCE aims to construct in North America.


Nigerian state government funding

Nigeria’s Delta state has allocated NGN200m (£753,197) to acquire and maintain landfill sites across the state. The move comes as part of efforts by the state government to create a cleaner environment.

Daily News NG

Chinese rescue for US biofuel plant

The Export-Import Bank of China has issued a letter of intent to provide a $270m (£169m) loan to construct BlueFire’s first commercial biofuel plant, a facility worth $300m in Fulton, Mississippi. China has come to the rescue as the US government has cut back on renewable energy financing. The plant would be the first of five in the US.

Orange county register

EfW project in Ghana

A memorandum of understanding has been reached between Ghana’s Sunyani Municipal district and Canadian investors to convert solid waste into energy of not less than 25MW. The project will be funded by Canadian company Northern Watertek and its engineering partners SNC Lavalin and Emphasis Global. Under the terms of the deal, an additional 15MW of solar energy would also be constructed. The costs of the projects are estimated at $250m.


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