That was the year that was – the most popular stories from 2022

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As we settle into the new year, Biofuels International has looked back on the past 12 months to see which stories helped generate the most interest.
The news that Repsol and the EIB have signed a deal to finance a new biofuels plant in Spain attracted a lot of traction.
The article attracted more than 9,000 page impressions when it was uploaded in December.
The piece described how the plant will produce second generation and advanced biofuels from different types of waste primarily from the agri-food industry, such as used cooking oils. Construction work began in March this year and is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2023.
The article about Clariant’s new Romanian bioethanol plant also made the headlines. There were 6,500 page impressions about how the company was facing up to ‘new challenges’ as the new facility has come onstream following construction.
Velocys’s announcement that its wholly owned subsidiary Altalto Immingham has been awarded a grant of up to £27 million (€31 million) from the UK Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom Advanced Fuels Fund also developed strong interest with almost 6,000 page impressions.
The news that Neste and Airbus had signed an agreement to advance the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the aviation sector secured more than 11,300 page impressions when it first appeared online in December.
The aanouncement that oil and gas major Shell had agreed to purchase a total of 3.25 billion litres of sugarcane-based cellulosic ethanol under a long-term agreement with Brazil’s Raízen also proved very popular.
The piece attracted over 7,200 page impressions when was first highlighted online in November.
Clariant’s completion of the acquisition of BASF’s US-based attapulgite business assets for $60 million (€60.5 million) in October proved very popular with over 6,000 page impressions.
In September, more than 7,000 people read the news about Korean Air signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with global energy company Shell to purchase their sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Neste's board of directors approving a merger plan where the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Neste Engineering Solutions will be merged into Neste Corporation earlier that month attracted almost 12,000 page impressions.
In August, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled a new Indian Oil Corporation Limited 2G ethanol biorefinery at Panipat Haryana, which attracted almost 8,000 views online.
In July, Clariant announced its second quarter and first half year results where continuing operations sales were CHF $1.301 billion, compared to CHF $1.032 billion in the second quarter of last year. This news attracted more than 7,200 views online.
In June, the news that the European Parliament has backed a landmark ruling on aviation fuel that has set binding targets for the replacement of kerosene with less polluting energy source attracted almost 10,000 views.
One of the most poplular stories of the year was the news that Neste Global Corporation had made the final investment decision to invest into new renewable products production capacity in Rotterdam. This story online in May attracted almost 27,500 page impressions.
Clariant’s announcement in March that it has produced the first commercial cellulosic ethanol at its sunliquid® production plant in Podari, Romania saw over 20,000 pages views.

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