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Tesoro to Support Development of Biocrude

Tesoro Corp., January 22, 2016

Tesoro Corporation, an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, has announced a plan to foster the development of biocrude made from renewable biomass, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil.

Converting renewable biomass into biocrude is expected to enable existing refining assets to produce less carbon-intensive fuels at a significantly lower capital and operating cost than competing technologies. This approach could lower Tesoro`s compliance costs with the federal renewable fuel standard and California`s low carbon fuel standard by generating credits, while producing less carbon-intensive fuels which are fully compatible with the nation`s existing fuel infrastructure as well as current vehicle fleet warranties.

In order to support the development of biocrude, Tesoro is working collaboratively with several renewable energy companies to advance biomass-to-fuels technology, including:          

  • Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.: Fulcrum plans to supply biocrude produced from municipal solid waste to Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC ("TRMC") to process as a feedstock at its Martinez, California Refinery. An estimated 800 barrels of biocrude per day will be produced at Fulcrum`s Sierra BioFuels Plant in Reno, Nevada, which is expected to be operational in early 2018. 
  • Virent, Inc.: Tesoro and Virent are working to establish a strategic relationship to support scale-up and commercialization of Virent`s BioForming technology which produces low-carbon, biofuel and chemicals.
  • Ensyn Corporation: Ensyn has applied for a pathway with the California Air Resources Board to co-process its biocrude, produced from tree residue - called Renewable Fuel Oil(TM) - in TRMC`s California refineries.

"We`ve established relationships such as those with Fulcrum, Virent, and Ensyn, to progress technologies which would enable our existing fuel manufacturing infrastructure to help meet the demand for low-carbon, advanced biofuels. Working with these companies, Tesoro seeks to create shared value that will benefit our communities, consumers and the environment, while allowing us to supply biofuels at a competitive price," says CJ Warner, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Tesoro.

 

About Tesoro

Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro, through its subsidiaries, operates six refineries in the western United States with a combined capacity of over 875,000 barrels per day and ownership in a logistics business which includes an interest in Tesoro Logistics LP (TLLP) and ownership of its general partner. Tesoro`s retail-marketing system includes over 2,200 retail stations under the ARCO®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, USA Gasoline(TM) and Tesoro® brands.

 


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