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Sasol advances US ethane cracker project

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Sasol has announced a number of appointments of engineering and technology providers for its ethane cracker and derivatives project.

Fluor Corporation is the main FEED contractor for the project. Individual engineering service agreements for the development of basic engineering packages have been concluded with Toyo Engineering Corporation for the linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for the low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, and Samsung Engineering AmericaInc. For the ethylene oxide (EO) and mono ethylene glycol (MEG) units.

The technologies of Technip Stone,& Webster Process Technology, Inc., ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing, LLC., Univation Technologies, LLC and Scientific Design Company, Inc. have been selected for the ethane cracker, LDPE, LLDPE, EO/MEG processes respectively. Sasol will additionally use its own proprietary technologies for the Tetramerization, Ziegler alcohol and Guerbet units. Meanwhile, Emerson Process Management has been appointed as the main automation contractor for the project.

Worley Parsons Limited has been contracted to support Sasol’s own project execution team as part of an Integrated Management Team; Worley Parson’s systems, tools and local expertise will be used to enhance the Sasol team that it overseeing the project.

Sasol Executive Vice President for the US Mega projects, Johan du Preez, has expressed that Sasol are delighted to be working with the above outlined contractors and technology partners in executing the projects.

Sasol announced in December 2012 that it would commence work for a world scale ethane cracker and derivatives facility to be located near the town of Westlake, Louisiana. The current project costs are estimated to be between US$ 5 – 7 billion. Project completion is anticipated for 2017.

Adapted from press release by Emma McAleavey.

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