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Utility to burn surplus jet fuel

GREENWOOD — Surplus jet fuel from planes that are in the process of being dismantled at Greenwood Leflore Airport will be used by Greenwood Utilities’ emergency generating unit.

Greenwood Utilities and General Electric Capital Aviation Services signed an agreement last month.

Officials told the Greenwood Commonwealth that GE would supply the utility with between 50,000 and 150,000 gallons of jet fuel.

Officials said the amount of electricity generated with the donated fuel could power about 8,000 homes for a single-day.

GE officials said 20,000 gallons of fuel is salvaged at the airport annually.

Before the agreement, surplus fuel had to be transported from the airport for disposal.

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