Sasol Advances Ethane Cracker and Downstream Derivatives Project with Purchase
of Long-Lead Equipment
JOHANNESBURG and LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana, April 8, 2013
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 International Corporation.
"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 ™ 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 34000 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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