Sasol Advances Ethane Cracker and Downstream Derivatives Project with Purchase of Long-Lead Equipment
JOHANNESBURG and LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Sasol today announced its placing of a purchase order for the main ethylene compressor
trains, a critical long-lead item for the world-scale ethane cracker, from MHI Compressor
“The placement of this order has secured vital manufacturing capacity of this
specialty equipment before the expected heating of the market. Sasol selected MHI
Compressor International Corporation because of its reputation as a leading manufacturer
and one of the few that have the capability to manufacture equipment of this size and
nature,” said Johan du Preez, Sasol Executive Vice President: US Mega Projects.
On 3 December 2012, Sasol announced the commencement of the front-end engineering and
design phase for a world-scale ethane cracker with downstream derivatives, at its Lake
Charles site in southwest Louisiana. Sasol also recently selected the UNIPOL (TM)
Polyethylene Process of Univation Technologies, LLC and the tubular process technology
from ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC for the new linear low density
polyethylene and low density polyethylene plants in Louisiana, respectively.
“This forms part of Sasol’s strategy of building globally competitive downstream
facilities and adding value to the already low cost ethylene production opportunity in
North America,” said Andre de Ruyter, Sasol’s Senior Group Executive for Global Chemicals
and North American Operations.
Committed to excellence in all we do, Sasol is an international integrated energy and
chemical company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than 34 000 people
working in 38 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate
world-scale facilities, to produce a range of product streams, including liquid fuels,
chemicals and electricity.
While continuing to support our home-base of South Africa, Sasol is expanding
internationally based on a unique value proposition, which links our diverse businesses
into an integrated value chain supported by top-class functions.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO)
MCO is the market leader in large scale centrifugal compression and steam turbine
equipment in the downstream petrochemical market. Based in Hiroshima, Japan, MCO’s
products are recognized as Best in Class, providing their customers with innovative and
highly efficient designs that offers strategic advantages in the industry. MHI Compressor
International Corporation (MCO-I) is the newly established, Houston, Texas based Center
for Engineering and Marketing Excellence within MCO, providing the industry with direct
sales, marketing and engineering resources to support of the shale-gas driven growth in
the Petrochemicals market.
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