Project FAQ

Ethane Cracker and Derivatives Project FAQ

What is the Ethane Cracker and Derivatives Project?
Sasol is constructing a world-scale petrochemical complex near our 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 chemicals markets. At the heart of the project is an ethane cracker that will produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene annually, benefiting from significant economies of scale. The complex includes six chemical manufacturing plants. 

What products will this facility produce?
The ethylene produced in the facility will be used in six downstream plants on-site to produce a range of high-value derivatives including ethylene oxide, mono-ethylene glycol, ethoxylates, low density and linear low density polyethylene, Ziegler and Guerbet alcohols that will further strengthen Sasol's position in the global chemicals market. These derivatives are used in everyday consumer products, such as synthetic fibres, soft drink cans, detergents, fragrances, paints, film and food packaging.

What is the construction timeline? 
Early works activities, site preparation and civil construction work have been under way since 2014. Site aboveground work and heavy equipment deliveries began in fall of 2015. Mechanical, electrical and instrumentation work began in early 2016 and will continue through 2017. 

What are the economic benefits of the projects to the US and Louisiana? 
Sasol's ethane cracker and derivatives project will create more than 500 full-time, high-paying manufacturing jobs, more than 5,000 construction jobs at peak and thousands of indirect jobs in Louisiana and across the U.S. This integrated complex will foster additional downstream manufacturing growth, support local businesses and bring other financial benefits to Southwest Louisiana and the U.S.

Who is your EPCM contractor for the ethane cracker and derivatives project?
Sasol has selected Fluor-Technip Integrated (FTI) as the primary engineering, procurement, construction and management contractor for this project. FTI is a joint venture of two world-class firms formed specifically for the execution of this project. Fluor and Technip have a successful track record in having worked together on other large capital projects. To learn more about our vendor and suppliers, click here

How should interested parties identify, monitor and track opportunities?
For information regarding our career opportunities with Sasol, click here. For information regarding our vendor insurance requirements, general contract information and other Sasol policies, click here. To become prequalified and/or considered for future business opportunities with Sasol in North America and the U.S. Mega Projects, interested parties can contact our vendor management specialist at 337.478.1933

Are there different opportunities at different stages of development? If so, what are they?
Yes. Subcontracting and supply opportunities will follow the construction timeline. For example, contracts for mechanical and electrical work will come after contracts for earthworks. In addition, as needs arise during construction, subcontract and supply requests will be issued. 

How will opportunities be released for bidding?
As subcontracting/procurement opportunities become available. Sasol and its contractors will review the list of prequalified companies who have been placed on the approved bidders list. Sasol and FTI will then reach out to those companies whose experience and capabilities match the opportunitiy and solicit requests for proposal. 


Heavy Haul Route FAQ

What is a heavy haul route?
The heavy haul route is the route that Sasol and its contractors will use to transport large modules and other equipment from a construction dock off of Sulphur Avenue to Sasolís project site. Sasol worked with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the City of Westlake and 16 Louisiana businesses (10 of which from Southwest Louisiana) to widen and strengthen the existing roads on the route as well as relocate utilities, signage, and traffic signals to accommodate the modules and equipment.

Where is the heavy haul route?
Sasol upgraded the Port of Lake Charles-owned dock facility off Sulphur Avenue, near the Westlake water tower. The dock is where modules and other heavy equipment for the project arrive via barge. The heavy haul route is approximately 2.5 miles from the dock site, west on Sulphur Avenue, north by Guillory Street, and then northwest on Houston River Road.

What did the heavy haul route construction project entail?
To allow for the passage of the oversized equipment, we had to relocate both underground and above ground utilities in coordination with the associated utility companies along the route. Some signs, fencing and other items located along the route were also relocated. Next, the team increased the width and weight capacity of the roads. In addition, new, rotating traffic signals were installed at the Sampson Street and Sulphur Avenue intersection to allow tall modules to pass through.

When was the first heavy haul equipment or module transport?
The first heavy haul transport occurred in late January 2016. Transports will continue throughout 2017.

What safety measures are being put in place?
  • Sasol partnered with an experienced transport contractor and we employ police escorts and crossing guards for equipment and module transports.
  • Local emergency responders are notified prior to setting of DOTD-approved detour routes during  transports.
  • Transport schedules and relative road reroutes and closures are shared in advance to the public through our various community notification systems.
  • Vehicle tracking beacons (GPS units) are placed in the lead escort car to provide real-time transport location tracking to officials and emergency responders. 



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