Sasol buys equipment for new world-scale cracker in Louisiana

08 April 2013 20:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Sasol has ordered the long-lead equipment that is critical to the main ethylene compressor trains at its new 1.5m tonne/year cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the South African energy and chemicals company said on Monday.

“The placement of this order has secured vital manufacturing capacity of this specialty equipment before the expected heating of the market,” said Johan du Preez, executive vice president overseeing the company’s US megaprojects.

Sasol is purchasing the equipment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO) because of its reputation and capability to manufacture equipment of that size and nature, du Preez added.

The company announced in December that it is proceeding with the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase for the $5bn-7bn (€3.85bn-5.39bn) cracker and $11bn-14bn gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility.

Univation’s UNIPOL polyethylene process will be used to produce linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), and ExxonMobil Chemical’s tubular process technology will be used for low density PE (LDPE) production.

“This forms part of Sasol's strategy of building globally competitive downstream facilities and adding value to the already low-cost ethylene production opportunity in North America,” said Andre de Ruyter, Sasol’s senior group executive for global chemical and North American operations.

($1 = €0.77)

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