Syntroleum, Tyson partner to produce biofuels

By Susanne Retka Schill
Syntroleum Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. have jointly created Dynamic Fuels LLC to build multiple, stand-alone facilities that will produce what they call "ultra-clean, high-quality, next-generation renewable synthetic fuels," or renewable diesel.

Once the first Dynamic Fuels facility is operational, Syntroleum intends to further develop its trademarked, proprietary Biofining process by adding components from its Fischer-Tropsch technology to the front end of the plants to convert biomass into liquid fuels.

The first facility using Syntroleum's trademarked Biofining technology will produce about 75 MMgy of renewable diesel from low-grade animal fats, greases and vegetable oils supplied by Tyson. The $150 million project is targeted to be on line in 2010 somewhere in the south-central United States.

Syntroleum CEO Jack Holmes described the Biofining synthetic fuel as superior to both petroleum-based fuels and biodiesel products. The new product will have a higher cetane content, lower cloud points, lower freeze points, and very low sulfur and aromatics.

The company has experience in developing Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels from coal and natural gas for jet fuels. Last year, it supplied 100,000 gallons of synthetic Fischer-Tropsch jet fuel to the U.S. Air Force for testing in a 50-50 blend with conventional jet fuel in B-52 bombers. This summer, Syntroleum contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply 500 gallons of its synthetic jet fuel produced from fats for testing in military turbine applications. The company predicts its Biofining process will create renewable fuels comparable with its high-quality Fischer-Tropsch fuels.