Sasol breaks ground on world-scale ethane
cracker and derivatives project
Westlake, Louisiana– Today, Sasol broke ground on its ethane cracker and derivatives mega
project near Westlake, a facility that will roughly triple Sasol’s chemical
production capacity in the United States.
Mayor Bob Hardey, Westlake city council members, Calcasieu Parish Police
Jury President Nic Hunter, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives
Chuck Kleckley and more than 100 community partners joined Sasol executives
today to mark the start of construction for the company’s world-scale facility.
"By the time construction is complete in 2018, Sasol’s investment will
total almost 9 billion dollars, making it one of the largest investments in our
company’s history,” said Steve Cornell, Executive Vice President of
International Operations for Sasol. "Along the way, we’ll create more than
5,000 construction jobs and more than 500 full-time positions, 100 of which
have already been filled.”
The end result will be a state-of-the-art petrochemical complex that
uses abundant U.S. ethane to manufacture a diverse slate of commodity and
specialty chemicals for markets around the world.
Early works activities, site preparation and civil construction work have
been under way since 2014. Site aboveground work and heavy equipment deliveries
will begin in 2015 and mechanical, electrical and instrumentation work in 2016
and 2017. Sasol expects the facility will achieve beneficial operation in 2018.
Ethane "cracking” is the process of converting molecules of ethane extracted
from natural gas to create ethylene, one of the building blocks of the
petrochemical industry. The facility will produce approximately 1.5 million
tons of ethylene per year. The ethylene will be used in six new downstream
derivative plants to produce a range of high-value derivatives used in everyday
products such as synthetic fibers, detergents, fragrances, paints, film and
For more information about project progress, visit www.sasolnorthamerica.com