Sasol to launch feasibility study for ethane cracker

Sasol is to proceed with a feasibility study for an ethane-based cracker and downstream derivative units at its Lake Charles site in Louisiana, US.

The cracker would likely up to 1.4 million tons of ethylene per year.

The company also plans for an integrated US gas-to-liquids and chemicals complex at Lake Charles site.

Sasol chief financial officer Christine Ramon said that the feasibility study is scheduled for completion in first half of 2013.

The plant would use Sasol's low-temperature slurry phase Fischer-Tropsch technology to convert natural gas into gas-to-liquid diesel, gas-to-liquid naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas.