Africa’s largest Petrochemicals Company has finished construction of a huge facility in the United States of America.
Johannesburg listed Sasol built a 1.5Million-ton-per-year ethane cracker, as well as six downstream chemical units and associated utilities, infrastructure and offsites in Westlake, Louisiana, United States.
The project achieved first steam in August 2018. Utilities to support the early process units were fully operational by the end of November 2018 and the linear low-density polyethylene unit achieved beneficial operations in February 2019.
More than 6,000 staff and craft were on site at peak to build the complex, which use the ethylene produced by the cracker to manufacture high-value chemicals that are used in everyday consumer products. The project team strengthened and widened more than two miles of roadway in the community to support the completion of more than 500 heavy haul transports to the project site.
The construction was undertaken for Sasol by two main contractors, Fluor Corporation and TechnipFMC, who integrated a team of 30 main construction contractors and worked in collaboration with Sasol.