US companies converting pig fat to fuel
ConocoPhillips, an international, integrated energy
company, and meat-processor Tyson Foods, have announced their partnership to
produce biodiesel fuel using fat from pigs, cows and
Production is expected to begin late this year and output is expected to
reach 175 million gallons
ConocoPhilips' chief executive James
Mulva said his company expects to invest about US $100 million on the venture
over 3-5 years. Initial production will occur at its Texas plant. Mulva said
that the company believes the key to a secure energy future is the development
of diverse energy sources.
The finished product will likely be sold
in many parts of the US, but the companies didn't specify
The companies said the renewable fuel
they will produce is different than biodiesel. While the two fuels use similar
feedstocks, such as animal fats and vegetable oils, they each have different
processing methods and create chemically different products.
Foods said it believes that the venture eventually could consume about half the
animal fat it produces.
Tyson CEO Richard Bond
said he doesn't believe that using animal fat to produce fuel blends should have
a major impact on food prices. He said that if the overall price of fat were to
increase, "it would potentially give us the opportunity to pay a little more for
"We are firmly committed to leveraging our leadership
position in the food industry to identify and commercialise renewable energy
opportunities," said Bond.
â€¢ Tyson Foods
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