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Navy Announces Record $12M Biofuel Purchase

The U.S. Navy will buy 450,000 in advanced biofuel, with the total purchase valued at $12 million, according to an announcement from the Defense Department.

This is the largest government purchase of biofuel in history and falls under a contract announced last week by the Defense Logistics Agency. The contractor is Dynamic Fuels LLC, a joint venture between Tyson Foods Inc. and Syntroleum Corp.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Dynamic's fuel is made from used cooking oil and non-food-grade animal fats.

“We think that this represents a major step in energy independence for the United States in making the United States Navy a better war-fighting operation,“ Mabus said. “In reducing our dependence on unstable sources of foreign energy, as well as reducing the budget shocks that come with buying fuel from either potentially or actually unstable place on earth.“

In August, the Navy entered into a three-year partnership with the private sector along with the departments of Agriculture and Energy. To see our sister site ExecutiveGov’s story on the partnership, click here.

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