Monday, March, 18, 2019 09:50:27
  • The company’s low-density polyethylene unit is the first of a total of seven LCCP facilities to successfully come online.
  •  The new polymers facilities would effectively be doubling the company’s global polymer manufacturing capabilities.

Sasol Limited (Sasol), a South African integrated energy & chemical company, has reportedly announced that it has attained beneficial operation of its first production plant at its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) in the U.S.

Reports cite, the linear low-density polyethylene plant is the first among a total of seven LCCP facilities to obtain successful operation & come online. The facility that came online is a 470ktpa LLDPE unit.

According to a press release by Sasol Limited, the unit uses the UNIPOL™ PE process developed by Univation Technologies and is one of two polyethylene facilities at the site, the second one being the 420ktpa low-density polyethylene production unit that uses ExxonMobil technology. The second unit is scheduled to obtain beneficial operation & come online later in the year.

The Senior Vice President of North American Operations at Sasol, Mike Thomas stated that attaining a beneficial operation for the company’s first LCCP unit is a momentous event in its history and is an important milestone that goes towards the delivery of previously made commitment. Thomas further stated that the success & safe achievement of this milestone is the outcome of several years of hard work of the company’s employees, industry partners & contractors.

The Vice President of Polymers, Base Chemicals business unit at Sasol, Adriaan Janse van Rensburg stated that the company is a 50-year veteran of the global polymers industry with a local presence that is established across all areas with distribution partners & employees. van Rensburg further stated that the company’s world-scale, cost position & cutting-edge assets as well as good logistics would be providing for robust economics in the long-term.

According to reports, the company’s remaining six LCCP manufacturing facilities are anticipated to attain beneficial operations across 2019 & early 2020.