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Sasol to start up LDPE plant in USA this year

October 28/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sasol is planning to start up its low density polyethylene (LDPE) new plant before end of 2019, according to CommoPlast.

Based in Lake Charles, United States, the plant has a production capacity of 420,000 tons/year. The start up has been delayed since beginning of the year due to technical issues.

As MRC reported earlier, Sasol's world-scale US ethane cracker reached beneficial operation on 27 August 2019. Its new cracker, the heart of our Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), is the third and most significant of the seven LCCP facilities to come online and will provide feedstock to our six new derivative units at our Lake Charles multi-asset site.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated LDPE consumption totalled 381,710 tonnes in the first eight months of 2019, up by 6% year on year. Some producers reduced their LDPE exports, whereas imports increased.  Oversupply of LDPE vanished in the Russian market in September because of the outages simultaneously at two plants. However, this factor did not lead to a price rise.

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:PE, propylene, LDPE, ethylene, Sasol, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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