Tyson, Syntroleum to build synthetic fuel plant in Louisiana
Chicken producer Tyson Foods Inc. and Syntroleum Corp. have given final approval to build a renewable synthetic fuel facility where low-grade inedible fats and greases will be turned into renewable transportation fuels for the military and civilian markets, according to the Associated Press. The new facility, to be built in Geismar, Louisiana, is part of Dynamic Fuels LLC, a joint venture between the two companies. Once fully operational, it is expected to produce about 75 million gallons of renewable synthetic fuel a year. The project has a budget of $138 million. About $100 million was funded through Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds, and the remaining $38 million will be funded equally by Tyson and Syntroleum. Construction on the facility is expected to start in October, with mechanical completion by the end of 2009. Dynamic Fuels locked in prices for long lead-time equipment.