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Sasol shopped technologies for Louisiana Ethane Cracker project

Fluor at work on FEED for Sasol US Mega Projects

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolThe 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.

With an estimated budget of $21 billion capital expenditure, the Sasol GTL and Ethane Cracker complex shall be the largest ever project in Louisiana.

Sasol_GTL_Etthane_Project_Louisiana_MapAs 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.

In this perspective, Sasol awarded in December 2012, the front end engineering and design (FEED) contract of the Lake Charles project to the Houston-based engineering company Fluor.

This FEED contract covers the GTL plant, the ethane cracker and the petrochemical facilities defined as Sasol US Mega Projects.

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.

According to its PMC contract, WorleyParsons will support Sasol project management from the FEED phase to the engineering, procurement and construction phase.

In parallel Sasol has also started to identify the best technologies to leverage its GTLEthane Cracker and derivatives integrated business model.

For the tetramerization in the Ziegler alcohol and Guerbet units, Sasol will use its own proprietary processes.

Regarding the other critical technologies, Sasol selected:

Sasol_Oryx_GTL_Qatar – ExxonMobil for the low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit

 – Scientific design for the ethylene oxide (EO) unit and the monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit

 – Technip Stone and Webster for the ethane cracker

 – Univation Technologies for the the linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit

Based on these licenses, Sasol awarded the basic design for the corresponding petrochemical units to:

 – Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (Mitsui) for the LDPE

 – Samsung Engineering America for the EO and MEG units

 – Toyo Engineering Corporation (Toyo) for the (LLDPE)

Sasol sized the US Mega Projects around the:

 – GTL plant with a capacity of 96,000 barrels per day (b/d) or 4 million t/y of natural gas

 – Ethane Cracker to be designed to produce 1.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) of ethylene.

Sasol to phase Lake Charles GTL and Ethane Cracker

The GTL plant will be built in two phases of 46,000 b/d each in order to adapt the production to the growing demand in the USA for GTL diesel fuel.

This GTL plant will also produce:

Sasol_Fluor_GTL_Etthane_US-Mega-Projects_Louisiana – Naphtha

 – Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)

 – GTL-based high performances oils

 – Medium and hard wax

 – Paraffin

 – Linear Alkyl Benzene

Sasol is planning to make the final investment decision (FID) for the Lake Charkes Ethane Cracker and Derivates project in 2014 financed with an estimated $7 billion capital expenditure.

Then the FID for the GTL plant should be made in a second step in 2016 supported by an investment of $14 billion capital expenditure.

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.

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