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Builds Biodiesel Facility
Smithfield, VA— Smithfield Foods, Inc. will invest
$20 million to build a facility that converts swine waste into biodiesel
vehicle fuel. Smithfield will be the major partner in BEST BioFuel, LLC,
a partnership that will construct the project at Smithfield-owned swine
production facilities near Milford, Utah.
"Livestock waste can be a source of clean, renewable vehicle fuel,"
said Robert F. Urell, Smithfield senior vice president, engineering and
The facility will be constructed at Circle Four Farms, a state-of-the-art
operation located in southwest Utah. The Beaver County Planning &
Zoning Board recommended approval of a conditional use permit at a meeting
February 19. Construction is scheduled to start in April, pending final
approval of the conditional use permit and a permit from the Utah Department
of Environmental Quality, and the facility could start producing fuels
as early as October.
The project will involve the construction of a collection system to pump
waste to a central processing facility where it will be concentrated.
The concentrated liquid is then introduced into a second facility that
produces biogas, which is then piped to an enclosed plant where thermo-catalytic
processes convert it into biomethanol.
The biomethanol will be transported to a plant outside of Utah for processing
into biodiesel utilizing oils, such as soybean oil, animal fat or used
cooking oil. The result is a clean burning, renewable fuel that also has
been shown to extend the life of diesel engines due to improved lubricating
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