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Sasol resumed commissioning of new cracker in Lake Charles after resolving technical problems

September 04/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- South African producer Sasol announced that a technical problem that interrupted the start-up at its new ethane cracker in Lake Charles, the US, for several days was successfully resolved on 26 August and the start-up resumed, reported NCT.

The company stated that it is currently halfway through achieving beneficial operations and that the 1.5 million tons/year cracker is currently operating at a capacity utilization rate of around 50%, in line with Sasols ramp-up plans.

The company expects to lift operation rates further after all operational issues are resolved.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,255,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 796,120 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 11% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.

Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages technologies and the expertise of our 31 270 people working in 32 countries. The company develops and commercialises technologies, and builds and operates world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product stream, including liquid fuels, petrochemicals and low-carbon electricity.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, ethylene, Sasol, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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