South African chemical company, Sasol, announced the final approval of an US$8.1 billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex at its existing site in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It has awarded Fluor Corp. a contract to continue to support Sasol with the detailed design, procurement and construction of its world-scale ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Westlake, Louisiana.
"Sasol’s decision to move forward with this project is a defining moment in our company’s history, and an important milestone in the execution of our growth strategy,” said David Constable, president and CEO, Sasol Limited. "Once commissioned, this world-scale petrochemicals complex will roughly triple our chemical production capacity in the United States, enabling Sasol to further strengthen its position in a growing global chemicals market. The US Gulf Coast’s robust infrastructure for transporting and storing abundant, low-cost ethane was a key driver in our decision to invest in America.”
“Fluor has a long relationship with Sasol spanning five decades and we are pleased to continue supporting its growth in the US market,” said Jim Brittain, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business for the Americas region. “By leveraging our modular execution and global supply chain expertise, we will deliver capital efficiencies to this landmark petrochemical project in Louisiana.”
The new complex will be constructed adjacent to Sasol’s existing facility in southwest Louisiana. Under the contract, the Fluor and Technip joint venture will be responsible for the 1.5 million tons-per-year ethane cracker, downstream derivatives units and associated utilities, offsites and infrastructure work.
Sasol awarded Fluor a contract in 2013 to deliver front-end engineering and design services for the complex, which will represent the largest single manufacturing investment in Louisiana’s history. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.
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