Sasol starts engineering of La. ethane cracker

Published: December 5, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Suppliers

LAKE CHARLES, LA. (Dec. 5, 9:15 a.m. ET) — South African-based energy and chemicals company Sasol will proceed with engineering and design phase for a world-scale ethane cracker with downstream derivatives at its Lake Charles site in southwest Louisiana.

The ethane cracker will allow Sasol to expand its differentiated ethylene derivatives business, which includes ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol, in the US. The cracker will also benefit from the current low US natural gas prices and the abundance of ethane, Sasol said in a Dec. 4 news release.

Current cracker project costs are estimated at $5-7 billion, and the company expects “beneficial operation” during the 2017 calendar year. It will produce an estimated 1.5 million metric tons per year of ethylene.

“Through our innovative energy and chemicals technologies, we will provide the US with world-class, cleaner-burning fuel, contribute to the country’s energy security, boost downstream manufacturing capacity, and diversify the utilization of domestic gas resources,” Sasol CEO David Constable said.

The ethane cracker and integrated gas-to-liquid facility also being developed at the site will together create a minimum of 1200 permanent positions and 7000 construction jobs, the company said.


Comments

Sasol starts engineering of La. ethane cracker

Published: December 5, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Medical compounder adding two extrusion lines

February 25, 2015 3:49 pm ET

Compounding Solutions LLC plans to add two new co-rotating twin-screw extruders this year to raise its capacity and provide more flexibility.    More

Image

Amut buys Dolci and Bielloni

February 25, 2015 3:41 pm ET

Amut SpA, the Novara, Italy-based maker of extruders, thermoforming machines and plastics recycling equipment, has acquired the Italian company that...    More

Image

Extrusion equipment makers adapting to market demands

February 25, 2015 2:11 pm ET

Extrusion equipment suppliers strive to meet new needs of the marketplace. While they continue upgrading speed, output and quality, they're also...    More

Image

Blow molding equipment makers turn up the efficiency

February 25, 2015 2:08 pm ET

Coming off a year of overall stable sales in 2014, blow molding equipment suppliers are looking for some growth coming from the packaging, automotive ...    More

Image

Thermoforming equipment makers to display new products, capabilities

February 25, 2015 1:52 pm ET

Thermoforming equipment makers, component suppliers and machine dealers will display their products and discuss capabilities during NPE 2015, March 23...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events