Fuel company Orkey in Akureyri, north Iceland, has made an agreement with the slaughterhouses in Kópasker and Blönduós to purchase 100 tons of animal fat in the current slaughter season to produce diesel oil in its factory.
Sheep fat as used when making blood and liver pudding. Photo by ESA.
“We convert the fat into biodiesel, which doesn’t pollute as much as regular fuel. Also, valuable currency is saved by producing fuel in Iceland and it creates employment too,” managing director of Orkey Kristinn Sigurhardsson told Morgunbladid.
“We already have an agreement with N1 to purchase 300 tons of biodiesel from us per year. Such fuel is often used for machines that are involved in tunnel making,” he added.
The production of the biodiesel will be launched in the coming days. From 100 tons of fat, 85 tons of fuel can be produced. Orkey has also produced fuel from waste cooking oil, on which one of Akureyri’s buses has run, among other vehicles.
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