Sasol has placed a purchase order for ethylene compressor
trains from MHI Compressor International, the companies said on
Financial terms were not disclosed. The compressor trains
are a critical long-lead item for Sasol's proposed world-scale ethane cracker at its
Lake Charles site in southwest Louisiana.
"The placement of this order has secured vital manufacturing
capacity of this specialty equipment before the expected
heating of the market," said Johan du Preez, executive vice
president of US mega projects for Sasol.
"Sasol selected MHI Compressor International 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," he added.
Sasol announced the commencement of the front-end engineering
and design (FEED) phase for the cracker last December. The
cracker will also include downstream derivative units.
To that end, Sasol also recently selected the UNIPOL
polyethylene process of Univation Technologies and the tubular
process technology from ExxonMobil Chemical
for the new linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and
low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plants, 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 vice
president for global chemicals and North American