Sasol conducts study for potential new chemical complex

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - Sasol is working on expanding their site in Westlake with another potential multi-billion dollar chemical complex.

In September, Sasol selected Calcasieu Parish for a potential gas to liquids complex and now the company has decided to pick SWLA for another potential building of an ethylene cracking complex.

"We are entering into a feasibility study for the new complex," Sasol Corporate Affairs Manager Michael Hayes said. "[It] basically begins the engineering process."

The feasibility study will lead to a more detailed design of the complex and then lead to construction. A project of this size typically takes about six years to complete.

"Depending upon which downstream derivatives are selected, the ethylene project in those derivative projects will cost between $3.5-billion and $4.5-billion," Hayes said.

Downstream products from ethylene such as alcohols and plastics, and the feasibility study will determine which of those downstream products the company will be able to make.

Potentially building in Westlake at the current Sasol facility, Hayes says this is something that will strengthen the company and the economy of southwest Louisiana.

"It's a great place to do business and it's a state that's really interested in growing its economic base," he said. "We're very excited about the opportunity to be a part of Sasol's growth strategy."

If the project moves forward to the construction phase, it will be the largest ethylene cracking complex in the country.

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