Westlake, Louisiana, (USA) – South African-based energy and chemical company, Sasol today announced that an Information Center for the company’s Voluntary Property Purchase Program will open Monday, August 12.
The Information Center will be located at 3301 Old Spanish Trail in Westlake. Residents in the Program Area will receive notification by mail this week. Beginning August 12, small group information sessions will be held Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. A reservation will be required due to limited seating. Reservations can be made by phone at (337) 310-8200 starting August 8 and at the Information Center starting August 12. Property Owners and Tenants in the Program Area will have until December 4, 2013 to register their interest in participating in the Program. Information about the Program can also be obtained at www.sasolvppp.com, which will launch August 12.
Sasol announced plans for a Voluntary Property Purchase Program for residents in designated areas northwest and west of its existing facility in Westlake last month. 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. Sasol has appointed Community Interaction Consulting, Inc. (CIC), to administer the Program. CIC has more than 20 years of experience in administering best practice property purchase programs around the country.
“Sasol is committed to ensuring that the Voluntary Property Purchase Program is transparent, fair and addresses the needs and concerns of our neighbors,” said Mike Thomas, Sasol Vice President for U.S. Operations. “The Program Information Center and website will help ensure eligible participants have the information and support they need to understand the features of the Program and how it will affect them so they canmake informed decisions.”
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In December 2012, Sasol announced that it would begin front-end engineering and design work for a world-scale ethane cracker and gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility to be located at its existing site in Westlake. At an estimated cost of between $16 and $21 billion, the two projects combined represent the largest single manufacturing investment in the history of Louisiana and one of the largest foreign direct investment manufacturing projects in U.S. history. Together, the two projects are expected to create over 1,200 permanent jobs, 7,000 jobs at peak construction and thousands of indirect jobs in Louisiana and across the U.S.