Sasol Megacomplex Toyo Provides Engineering for Sasol’s Polyethylene Plant in the US
A Toyo subsidiary will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a part of Sasol’s petrochemical mega–complex in Louisiana, USA. The Japanese company will be responsible for a 450,000 tons–per–year low density polyethylene (LLDPE) train, company speakers explained.
Lake Charles, Louisiana/USA – Sasol is currently planning a US $ 1.8 billion megaproject at its site in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The new cracker facilities shall profit from the abundance of low cost raw materials and energy from US shale gas. The South African company had already entrusted Toyo with the front end design for the polyethylene facilities on site in 2013.
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The LLDPE facilities shall be based on a licensed version of Univation Technologies’ Unipol PE Process, a technology in which Toyo has a lot of experience in. With the new contract under its belt, the Japanese hope for a stronger foothold in the US shale gas market, a market in which Toyo expects future petrochemical engineering projects. Polyethylene production at Lake Charles is expected to start up in 2017.
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