Sasol buys ethylene compressor trains for planned Louisiana ethane cracker

Sasol has placed a purchase order for ethylene compressor trains from MHI Compressor International, the companies said on Monday.

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 operations.

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