Sasol picks engineers, technology contractors for US cracker

15 July 2013 16:35  [Source: ICIS news]

Fluor wins front-end engineering contract for SasolHOUSTON (ICIS)--Sasol has chosen Fluor as the main contractor to provide the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for its proposed ethane cracker and derivates complex in Louisiana, Sasol said on Monday.

Among the individual engineering services agreements, Sasol chose Toyo Engineering for the linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant; Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding for the low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant; and Samsung Engineering America for the ethylene oxide (EO) and mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) units, the company said.

Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology will provide the technology for the ethane cracker, while ExxonMobil Chemical Technology will provide it for the LDPE plant, Sasol said.

The LLDPE technology will be provided by Univation Technologies, and Scientific Design will provide it for the EO and MEG units.

Sasol will use its own proprietary technologies for the tetramerisation, Ziegler alcohol and Guerbet alcohol units, it said.

The company chose Emerson Process Management as the main automation contractor for the project.

Sasol chose Worley Parson to support its execution team, the company said.

The cracker will have a capacity of 1.5m tonnes/year, and it will cost $5bn-7bn (€4bn-5bn), Sasol said.

The company expects to make a final investment decision on the project in 2014, and operations should start in 2017.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Al Greenwood
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