Sasol Louisiana complex triples US chemical production
The South Africa-based refining and petrochemical company Sasol Limited (Sasol) made the final investment decision for the construction of its world-scale ethane cracker and derivatives complex as the expansion of its existing facilities in Lakes Charles, Louisiana, in USA.
Experienced in developing large and complex projects, Sasol selected its existing Lake Charles site to consider a major expansion with the addition of a gas-to liquid (GTL) plant, an ethane cracker and olefins downstream production units.
In respect with the low gas prices in USA, the only commercial viability for such projects is to integrate them in a common development in order to maximize the added value along the hydrocarbon transformation chain.
The land acquisition and the site accommodation are planned to host not only the decided projects, but also further expansion to come on next decades.
Sasol Lake Charles cracker to require eight furnaces
– Low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit
– Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit
– High density polyethylene (HDPE) unit
– Ethylene oxide (EO)
– Monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit
In making the final investment decision at the end of 2014, Sasol is planning to start the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on early 2015 in targeting the first commercial operations of its Louisiana Lake Charles Ethane Cracker and Derivatives Complex by 2018.