Fluor at work on FEED for Sasol US Mega Projects
The South African company Sasol is currently proceeding to the selection of the license and technologies required for the olefins and derivatives production units of its integrated gas-to-liquid (GTL) and ethane cracker complex to be built at Lake Charles in Louisiana, USA.
As a world leader of synthetic fuel technologies from coal and natural gas, Sasol does not want to miss the opportunity of the abundant and cheap shale gas feedstock to expand its market leadership in USA.
In proposing its GTL – Ethane Cracker and Derivatives integrated business model, Sasol intends to optimize its added value from the gap between the low gas prices and the high prices of the liquid fuels and petrochemical derivatives driven by the crude oil prices and the demand of the manufacturing industry in the US domestic market.
WorleyParsons appointed project manager consultant
In respect with the complexity and diversity of the processes and production units, Sasol has appointed WorleyParsons to provide project management consultancy (PMC) on the whole Lake Charles project.
For the tetramerization in the Ziegler alcohol and Guerbet units, Sasol will use its own proprietary processes.
Regarding the other critical technologies, Sasol selected:
– Scientific design for the ethylene oxide (EO) unit and the monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit
– Univation Technologies for the the linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit
– Samsung Engineering America for the EO and MEG units
Sasol sized the US Mega Projects around the:
Sasol to phase Lake Charles GTL and Ethane Cracker
This GTL plant will also produce:
– GTL-based high performances oils
– Medium and hard wax
– Linear Alkyl Benzene
With the PMC support from WorleyParsons, Sasol expects Fluor to complete the FEED work for the Lake Charles GTL – Ethane Cracker and Derivatives US Mega Project in 2014 in order to start commercial operations by 2017 for the Ethane Cracker and Derivates, and 2019 and 2020 respectively for the two GTL trains.