A new plant being built by Dynamic Fuels—a joint venture between Syntroleum Corporation and Tyson Foods for the production of synthetic fuels from animal fats and greases (earlier post)— is mechanically complete, and work is now underway to prepare for the start of operations.

Punch list items will continue to be addressed by construction and maintenance personnel as the commissioning and start-up of the plant proceed. The first shipments of animal fats have been delivered to the facility.

The commissioning activities we have in progress include flushing of all lines, verifying operation of the control system and installation of catalysts and absorbents. We currently expect to begin making fuel and ramping up production rates during the third quarter of 2010.

—Jeff Bigger, director of the Dynamic Fuels Management Committee

The new facility is designed to convert fats, greases and oils supplied by Tyson Foods into as much as 75 million gallons of renewable fuels per year.

Syntroleum Corporation owns the Syntroleum Process for Fischer-Tropsch (FT) conversion of synthesis gas derived from biomass, coal, natural gas and other carbon-based feedstocks into liquid hydrocarbons; the Synfining Process for upgrading FT liquid hydrocarbons into middle distillate products such as synthetic diesel and jet fuels; and the Bio-Synfining technology for converting animal fat and vegetable oil feedstocks into middle distillate products such as renewable diesel and jet fuel using inedible fats and greases as feedstock.

Dynamic Fuels was formed to construct and operate multiple renewable synthetic fuels facilities, with production on the first site beginning in 2010.