Sasol lets contract for Louisiana polyethylene plant

Sasol Ltd. has let a contract to Toyo Engineering Korea Ltd. (TEK), a subsidiary of Toyo Engineering Corp., for work related to its proposed integrated ethane cracker and downstream derivatives complex in Westlake, near Lake Charles, La. (OGJ Online, Mar. 10, 2014).

TEK will provide detailed engineering, procurement, module fabrication, and construction support services for a 450,000-tonne/year (tpy) linear low-density polyethylene plant (LLDPE) to be included at the complex, Toyo Engineering said.

TEK’s scope of work under the contract additionally will involve implementing Univation Technologies LLC’s proprietary UNIPOL PE process technology at the plant, Toyo Engineering said.

The LLDPE plant, for which Toyo Engineering has been executing front-end engineering design services since 2013, is scheduled for completion in 2017, the service provider said.

A value of the contract was not disclosed.

In addition to the LLDPE plant and a grassroots ethane cracker capable of producing 1.5 million tpy of ethylene, the $8.1-billion complex will include five other chemical manufacturing plants, Sasol previously said (OGJ Online, Oct. 27, 2014).

With site preparation now under way, the new complex currently is on schedule to be commissioned in 2018 (OGJ Online, Nov. 3, 2014).

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