Sasol HDPE relocated from Lake Charles to LaPorte
The Swiss-based and the Ineos Group AG (Ineos) South African made the petrochemical company Sasol Ltd (Sasol) ) in their joint venture to build a final investment decision (FID bimodal greenfield in high density polyethylene (HDPE) LaPorte,Texas USA.
2013, had confirmed its intention to move forward two major projects in Sasol Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA in order to benefit from the competitive feedstock provided by the glut. shale gas
two projects, a , and an Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) ethane with cracker were announced as the largest ever investment in olefins complex Lousiana.
Then started to order the most strategic equipment and negotiate the licenses required for the different production units: Sasol
Ethylene from Technip Stone & Webster with compressors from MHI
– Low density polyethylene (LDPE) from ExxonMobil
– Linear Low density polyethylene (LLDPE) from Univation Technologies
– Ethylene Oxide (EO) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) from Scientific Design
also awarded the Sasol contracts for these different productions units all to be built in front end engineering and design (FEED) Lake Charles, Louisiana, according to plans. Ineos to operate LaPorte HDPE joint venture with Sasol
July 2013, signed a Sasol with memorandum of understanding (MOU) to use its Ineos proprietary license Innovene S and to establish a 50/50 joint venture regarding the HDPE production unit.
At that time, the
HDPE production unit was planned in Lake Charles together with the other units of olefins Sasol petrochemical complex proposed in Louisiana.
HDPE production unit has been designed for a capacity of 470,000 tonnes per year (t/y) and in the agreement finalized in June 2014, and Ineos committed to supply Sasol in proportion of their respective interests in the joint venture. ethylene
In this context, and Ineos investigated the optimized location for this Sasol HDPE production unit due to receive from two feeders. ethylene
is planning its Sasol complex in petrochemical Lake Charles, Louisiana, is already operating a large Ineos petrochemical complex in LaPorte, Texas.
facility is producing Ineos LaPorte 600,000 t/y of and it benefits from all the infrastructures of the polyethylene Texas Gulf Coast to input and export the transformed hydrocarbon products. ethylene
Although located in different States,
LaPorte is only Ineos complex in Texas 200 kilometers west of . Sasol Lake Charles project in Lousiana
In this context, the
two partners found out that the optimized location for the HDPE production unit was laPorte.
LaPorte, the greenfield HDPE production unit will be integrated to the existing Battleground Manufacturing Complex where it will benefit from the existing infrastructures.
two partners also agreed that will be the operator of the Ineos LaPorte expected to come on stream by Ineos– Sasol HDPE joint venture 2016.
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