Company Closing Its Port Of Catoosa Plant

Sunday, October 7th 2007, 7:27 pm
By: News On 6

Syntroleum, a local company that makes synthetic fuel for the Air Force, says it cannot afford to keep running its Port of Catoosa plant. But Syntroleum says it's not getting out of the game, only changing directions.

Instead of converting coal to fuel, the company will focus on making synthetic jet fuel from animal fats, greases and vegetable oils.

Air Force officials say they were impressed with the company's recent fat fuel tests. Syntroleum is providing the Air Force with another 500 gallons for further testing. It has also partnered with Tyson Foods to build a plant to mass-produce the fuel.

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