Mustang Engineering has signed an engineering and consulting agreement with Gevo to convert Gevo’s renewable isobutanol to bio-jet fuel.

The conversion of renewable isobutanol to bio-jet fuel will focus on the downstream processing of isobutanol to paraffinic kerosene (jet fuel) for jet engine testing, airline suitability flights and advancing commercial deployment.

Gevo said its fit for purpose testing at the Air Force Research Laboratory continues with a final report expected in June.

Upon completion, the company plans to initiate jet engine testing with engine manufacturers.

Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber said Mustang’s refining and chemicals industries engineering and project management expertise will help the company bring an integrated, turnkey solution to the refining industry.

Mustang Process Plants and Industrial business unit executive vice president Scott Baker said the advent of the jet fuel carbon tax on international flights landing in the European Union is motivating the airline industry and fuel suppliers to seek cost-effective, renewable alternatives to petroleum jet fuel.

Gevo is a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company while Mustang is a project management, engineering, procurement and construction operations company.