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Red Rock Biofuels for FedEx Express Jets

July 24, 2015 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Applies ‘Small-Footprint’ Fischer-Tropsch Process to Woody Biomass Feeds,
FedEx Pact Through 2024 Complements Earlier Agreement with Southwest Airlines

Fort Collins, Colo.-based Red Rock Biofuels has announced an agreement with FedEx Express to provide some three million gallons of low-carbon, drop-in renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express aircraft. The agreement runs through 2024, with first deliveries expected in 2017, Red Rock says, noting that “FedEx joins Southwest Airlines in purchasing Red Rock’s total available volume of jet fuel.”

Boeing 767 freighter operated by FedEx Express over Washington State on September 26, 2014 .. Chad Slattery photo courtesy FedEx

Boeing 767 freighter operated by FedEx Express over Washington State on September 26, 2014 .. Chad Slattery photo courtesy FedEx

Red Rock plans to break ground this summer on its first refinery, in Lakeview, Ore., where it will convert approximately 140,000 dry tons of woody biomass into 15 million gallons per year of ASTM spec D7566-conforming renewable jet fuel, diesel and naphtha fuels.

Red Rock claims a “well-proven process technology platform, based on gasification, Fischer-Tropsch conversion and product upgrading.” Red Rock says it’s “the only company able to produce renewable, ASTM-specification jet and diesel fuels at cost parity with conventional fuels.”

‘Our Total Jet Fuel Capacity Now Sold’

A key differentiator to Red Rocks application of Fischer-Tropsch technology is “a small economic footprint with flexible feedstock design.”

“With our total jet fuel capacity now sold to FedEx and Southwest Airlines, we are building a suite of powerful, global customers that continue to commit to the future of alternative fuels in a market where oil prices are low, providing true validation of our business model and mission,” Red Rock co-founder and CEO Terry Kulesa said in this week’s announcement.

The Lakeview project is funded in part by a $70 million Title III DPA grant from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy. In addition to reducing lifecycle carbon emissions, the company says, the plant “will reduce the risk of devastation forest fires in the western United States by decreasing the amount of waste woody biomass in surrounding forests.”

Mary Dinh is Red Rock Biofuels project manager.

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Source: Red Rock Biofuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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