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History

ABOUT SASOL

Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages technologies and the expertise of more than 30,000 people working in more than 30 countries. We develop and commercialize technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. 

In North America, Sasol has operations in Arizona, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas. Collectively, these sites employ a workforce of approximately 1,500 and manufacture the primary ingredients in detergents, personal care products, waxes and specialty products used as abrasives, catalysts, thickeners, ceramics and more. 

Sasol is building a world-scale petrochemical complex near its existing site in Southwest Louisiana. The project will roughly triple the company's chemical production capacity in the U.S. and enable it to build on its strong positions in robust and growing global chemical markets.

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sasol is listed on the Johannesburg and New York stock exchanges.

   

1950

Sasol Founded to Make Oil from Coal in South Africa

2001

Sasol, Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Expanded into North America with the Purchase of CONDEA Vista's Assets.

2003

Sasol Limited Listed on the New York Stock Exchange in April, Shares Opened at $10.90 USD.

2004

Sasol North America's Research and Development Resources move from Austin, TX to the Lake Charles Chemical Complex

2010

Sasol Limited Board announced plans to build a new unit at the Lake Charles Chemical Complex.  A first-of-a-kind technology designed by Sasol engineers to produce hexene and octene from ethylene.

2011

In September of 2011, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the Managing Director of Sasol Synfuels, Ernst Oberholster, visited the Lake Charles Chemical Complex for a special announcement. They jointly announced that Sasol had approved a feasibility study to build a gas-to-liquids plant adjacent to the existing complex. Two months later, it was announced that the company would also study building a world-scale ethane cracker for the same area.

In November of 2011, Sasol began construction on the worlds-first tetramerization unit to manufacture co-monomers at the Lake Charles Chemical Complex. Beneficial operation is expected in early 2014.

2012

In December of 2012, Sasol announced that both the world-scale ethane cracker and GTL projects would move into the front-end engineering design phase of the project studies.

2013

Sasol acquired full share ownership of Merisol, which includes plants in Texas and Pennsylvania. Merisol was previously a joint venture between Sasol and Merichem.

2014


Sasol announces final investment decision for ethane cracker and derivatives complex on October 27.