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Sasol's U.S. Plant Cost Estimate Jumps to $12.9 Billion

  • Early estimate for Lake Charles project was about $8.9 billion
  • Shares slide the most in 20 years in Johannesburg trading
Modules for Sasol’s Lake Charles project under construction in Louisiana.

Modules for Sasol’s Lake Charles project under construction in Louisiana.

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Sasol Ltd., the world’s biggest maker of fuel from coal, said the cost of its giant Lake Charles chemicals project in Louisiana will balloon to as much as $12.9 billion, or about 50% more than initially planned.

The cost blowout is a further setback for the development that’s part of the South African company’s plan to expand internationally. It has already suffered a number of budget increases because of factors including weather delays. Sasol shares slumped the most in 20 years after the announcement on Wednesday.