Ethane Cracker and Derivatives Project FAQ
What is the Ethane Cracker and Derivatives Project?
Sasol is constructing a world-scale petrochemical complex near our existing site in Southwest Louisiana. The project will roughly triple the company’s chemical production capacity in the U.S. and enable it to build on its strong positions in robust and growing global chemical markets. At the heart of the project is an ethane cracker that will produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene annually, benefiting from significant economies of scale. The complex includes six chemical manufacturing plants.
What products will this facility produce?
The ethylene produced in the facility will be used in six downstream plants on site to produce a range of high-value derivatives including ethylene oxide, mono-ethylene glycol, ethoxylates, low density and linear low density polyethylene, and Ziegler and Guerbet alcohols that will further strengthen Sasol’s position in the global chemicals market. These derivatives are used in everyday consumer products, such as synthetic fibers, soft drink cans, detergents, fragrances, paints, film and food packaging.
What are the economic benefits of the project to the US and Louisiana?
Sasol’s ethane cracker and derivatives project will create more than 700 full-time, high-paying manufacturing jobs, more than 5,000 construction jobs and thousands of indirect jobs in Louisiana and across the U.S. This integrated complex will foster additional downstream manufacturing growth, support local businesses and bring other financial benefits to Southwest Louisiana and the U.S.