Sasol is moving ahead on the front-end
engineering and design (FEED) of its ethane cracker and
derivatives project in Louisiana by making a series of
engineering and technology provider appointments
"We are delighted to be working with these world class
contractors and technology partners in executing our
project," said Johan du Preez, Sasol executive vice
president for US mega-projects.
"The selected companies are leaders in their respective fields
and have the technologies, systems and expertise to help us
deliver the project on schedule, optimizing our
return on investment," he added.
Fluor was named the main FEED contractor for the ethane
cracker and derivatives project.
engineering services agreements for the development of basic
engineering packages were concluded with Toyo Engineering for
the linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, Mitsui
Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. for the low-density
polyethylene (LDPE) plant, and Samsung Engineering America Inc.
for the ethylene oxide (EO) and mono-ethylene glycol (MEG)
The technologies of Technip Stone & Webster Process
Technology, ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing, Univation
Technologies and Scientific Design Company were selected for
the ethane cracker, LDPE, LLDPE and EO/MEG processes,
In addition, Sasol said it will use its own proprietary
technologies for the tetramerization, Ziegler alcohol and
Guerbet alcohol units.
Emerson Process Management, a global business of
Emerson, was appointed as the main automation
Worley Parsons has been contracted to support Sasol's own
project execution team as part of an integrated project
management team. Sasol said that Worley Parsons systems, tools
and local expertise will be used to enhance its own team that
is overseeing the project.
Sasol announced in December 2012 that it would begin FEED
work for the world-scale ethane cracker and derivatives
facility to be located near Westlake, Louisiana.
The current project costs for the ethane cracker
are estimated at between $5-$7 billion. It is currently
envisioned that the final investment decision for the ethane
cracker will be taken in 2014, the company said, with
beneficial operation to be achieved in 2017.
The ethane cracker is designed to produce 1.5 million tons per
year of ethylene.
"The ethylene produced in the chemical facility will be used to
produce a range of high value derivatives in world scale
plants," said Andre de Ruyter, senior group executive for
global chemicals and North American operations.
"This forms part of Sasol's strategy of building globally
competitive downstream facilities and adding value to the
already low cost of ethylene production opportunity in North
America," he added.