ExxonMobil Chemical has agreed to license its
tubular process technology to Sasol North America
for a new low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Lake
Charles, Louisiana, the companies said on Thursday.
The new 420,000 tpy plant is expected to be completed in late
Sasol Polymers, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries,
also licensed the ExxonMobil Chemical tubular process for its
LDPE plant in Sasolburg, South Africa, that opened in
"LDPE producers continue to choose our tubular process technology for its broad grade-slate
capabilities, high reactor uptime and lower total cost compared
with commercial gas-phase reactors," said Jennifer Dunphy, vice
president of ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing.
Used worldwide by ExxonMobil Chemical and its licensees, the
company's high-pressure tubular process has been in operation
since 1968 and has a long history of improvements and capacity
expansion. The company also licenses
autoclave technology for producing LDPE.
"The performance of our LDPE plant in Sasolburg and the
experience of working with ExxonMobil Chemical before, during
and after that facility came online helped convince us that the
ExxonMobil Chemical tubular process was also the best choice
for our Lake Charles plant," said Mike Biesheuvel, managing
director for Sasol Polymers International Investments.
"The demonstrated performance of other ExxonMobil Chemical LDPE
process licensees in [large] plants was another
important factor in our selection," he added.