ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods to Produce Renewable Diesel Fuel

ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods, Inc. formed a strategic alliance to produce and market the next generation of renewable diesel fuel, to help supplement the traditional petroleum-based diesel fuel supply. The alliance plans to use beef, pork and poultry byproduct fat to create a transportation fuel.

Production is expected to ramp up over time to as much as 175 million gallons per year of renewable diesel. Tyson will make capital improvements this summer in order to begin pre-processing animal fat from some of its North American rendering facilities later in the year. “We are firmly committed to leveraging our leadership position in the food industry to identify and commercialize renewable energy opportunities,” said Richard L. Bond, Tyson president and chief executive officer. “This strategic alliance is a big win for the entire agricultural sector because it paves the way for greater participation of fats and oils in renewable fuels.” Using a proprietary thermal depolymerization production technology, the animal fats will be processed with hydrocarbon feedstocks to produce a high-quality diesel fuel that meets all federal standards for ultra-low-sulfur diesel. The addition of animal fat also improves the fuel’s ignition properties, while the processing step improves its storage stability and handling characteristics. The processing technology was developed at ConocoPhillips, culminating in a successful test at the company’s Whitegate Refinery in Cork, Ireland. ConocoPhillips began commercial production of renewable diesel using soybean oil in Ireland late last year.

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