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Alternative fuel plant to be built in La.
Tuesday October 7, 10:35 am ET

Groundbreaking held on alternative fuel plant in Geismar, La., will turn animal fat into fuel

GEISMAR, La. (AP) -- Ground has been broken on an Ascension Parish plant in Louisiana that will convert animal fats into diesel and jet fuels.

Dynamic Fuels LLC, a joint venture between Tyson Foods Inc. and Syntroleum Corp. LLC, will operate the $138 million facility.

The alternative fuel plant differs from ethanol and biodiesel plants, which use ingredients like corn and soybeans, to produce fuel. The Dynamic Fuels plant will use animal fats from Tyson Foods -- like beef tallow, pork lard, chicken fat and greases -- to create fuel.

Gov. Bobby Jindal was on hand Monday for the groundbreaking. The governor says the project is the first fuel production facility of its kind in the country.

The plant is scheduled to begin production in 2010 and will employ 45 full-time employees.

Source: Associated Press

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