Sasol picks Emerson to automate US gas to liquids, ethane complex

29 July 2013 16:10  [Source: ICIS news]

Sasol picks Emerson to automate US gas to liquids, ethane complexHOUSTON (ICIS)--Sasol chose Emerson Process Management to automate the company's gas-to-liquids (GTL) and ethane cracker complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the US-based firm said on Monday.

As the main automation contractor, Emerson will provide the majority of the process automation technologies, engineering and support services for the operations under a long-term agreement, the company said.

Sasol plans to spend $16bn-21bn (€12bn-16bn) on the two facilities, Emerson said.

The GTL plant will produce diesel and other fuels, while the ethane cracker will produce feedstock for downstream ethylene derivatives.

Last week, Sasol and INEOS announced that they are creating a joint venture to build a 470,000 tonne/year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant.

Earlier in July, Sasol said it 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.

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 monoethylene 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.

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, Sasol said.

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

($1 = €0.75)

By: Al Greenwood
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