August 22, 2008

Dynamic Fuels Selects L-Con As EPC Contractor for Synthetic Fuels Plant

Dynamic Fuels has selected L-Con Constructors, a Houston-based engineering and construction company, as the lead contractor for the company's first renewable synthetic fuels facility in Geismar, Louisiana.

L-Con will provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services to the project. Dynamic Fuels is a 50-50 venture between Syntroleum and Tyson Foods to convert low grade, inedible fats and greases into renewable synthetic diesel, jet and military fuel.

Construction of the Geismar plant is expected to begin in the fall of 2008 with completion targeted for the end of 2009. Once in operation, the plant is expected to produce about 75 million gallons of renewable synthetic fuel annually.

The fuel produced by the venture will offer the same benefits of synthetic fuels derived from coal or natural gas while providing substantial performance and environmental advantages over petroleum-based fuels, the company said.

These fuels are reportedly interchangeable with traditional petroleum-based fuels and can be used in existing engines, distribution systems, pipeline and terminals. In addition, replacing traditional petroleum fuel with this fuel substantially reduces total greenhouse gas emissions.

Various non-food grade animal fats produced or procured by Tyson Foods, such as beef tallow, pork lard, chicken fat and greases, are expected to be used as renewable feedstock for this venture.