Construction delayed on biodiesel plant planned for Clovis

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) _ A firm that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is postponing its proposed plant in Clovis by several months.

The task of raising capital and an increase in the price of animal feed stock are behind the delay by Dallas-based American Renewable Fuels. That's according to chief executive officer Ross Garrity. American Renewable Fuels planned to begin construction this month. Garrity says it's now looking at summer.

He says the engineering work is finished and it has an air quality permit. Plans call for a 75 million-gallon-a-year biodiesel plant that would use animal feed stock such as beef tallow to produce alternative fuel. The company is part of Australian Renewable Fuels.