Univation to support Sasol North America's polyethylene plant

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Sasol North America has chosen Univation Technologies' UNIPOL PE Process for its petrochemical project at the Lake Charles site in Louisiana, US.

"The flexibility of the UNIPOL PE Process is expected to help Sasol meet long-term market needs."

The 450 kilotonnes per annum LL/HD swing polyethylene plant, which will be the second UNIPOL PE Process facility for Sasol and its affiliates, will manufacture a broad product portfolio, including metallocene linear low density polyethylene (mLLDPE).

Sasol Polymers International Investments managing director Mike Biesheuvel said: "After nearly 30 years of operating a UNIPOL PE plant in South Africa, Sasol has a long-standing relationship with Univation, and Sasol is looking forward to expanding its product portfolio to include [the] latest generation Univation metallocene technologies."

The broad product portfolio and the flexibility of the UNIPOL PE Process are expected to help Sasol meet long-term market needs both domestically and in export markets.

Univation Technologies president Cindy Shulman said: "We are very excited that Sasol has chosen Univation's UNIPOL™ PE Process to be part of its Lake Charles mega-project in Louisiana and equally proud to be part of Sasol's strategic North American growth complex based on advantaged feedstocks."

Sasol's facility in Sasolburg, South Africa, has been using UNIPOL PE Process since 1983, according to Univation.