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Sasol announces voluntary purchase program for residents affected by growth

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Sasol has announced a voluntary property purchase program for residents in designated areas affected by the company's growth plans.

According to a news release from the South African-based energy and chemicals company, Sasol announced plans Thursday to introduce a program for residents in designated areas northwest and west of its existing Westlake facility.

"The program will give eligible property owners and residents the option to sell their property to Sasol, and relocate to an alternative neighborhood, if they so choose," company officials said in the release.

Sasol announced plans in December that it would begin front-end engineering and design work for a world-scale ethane cracker and gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility. It will reportedly be located at its existing site in Westlake. 

"We recognize that our growth plans will result in the expansion of our facility closer toward our neighbors to the northwest and west of our existing facility. Sasol is committed to listening to community concerns and being a good neighbor and corporate citizen in Southwest Louisiana. Although our final investment decisions on whether to start construction on the two growth projects have not been made, we are taking steps now to address the concerns of our neighbors through a Voluntary Property Purchase Program as part of our ongoing efforts to address community needs," said Mike Thomas, Sasol Vice President for U.S. Operations.

Officials said the company has retained a third-party contractor, Community Interaction Consulting Inc. (CIC), to administer the program.

"CIC has more than 20 years of experience administering best practice property purchase programs around the country," the release states.

"Sasol and CIC are currently finalizing Program guidelines and additional details. CIC will open an office in the community in early August and launch a website to provide Program specifics, timelines and contact information. CIC will host small group information sessions at the Program office for prospective participants around mid-August. Additional information on the office opening date and scheduling of the information sessions will be provided as soon as it is available," the release continues.

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