Setting a Record

How the Dynamic Fuels renewable diesel plant is hitting full stride
By Bryan Sims | September 08, 2011

Dynamic Fuels LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Syntroleum Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc., achieved a significant milestone in July when Syntroleum reported in its quarterly earnings report that the jointly owned renewable diesel facility in Geismar, La., achieved record production of 5.4 million gallons for the month. While Dynamic Fuels’ Geismar plant has a maximum installed capacity of 75 MMgy, the facility is on pace to produce 65 MMgy if it demonstrates similar production rates to July.  

“We have focused 100 percent of our energy since last October on bringing our first-of-a-kind advanced biofuels plant up to commercial production rates,” says Syntroleum CEO Gary Roth. “Now that we have accomplished this, we intend to focus our efforts on optimizing the plant’s performance, enabling us to produce more and more of the drop-in renewable fuels needed to meet the growing demand for biofuels.”

The plant, which broke ground in 2008, uses Syntroleum's proprietary Bio-Synfining technology to produce renewable diesel from nonfood-grade animal fats produced or procured by Tyson Foods, including beef tallow, pork lard, chicken fat and greases. In addition to renewable diesel, the plant is also capable of producing high-value specialty distillate chemicals that can be used in a wide variety of applications such as base oils, solvents and ink toner.

—Bryan Sims

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