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Sasol to restart its cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana in late December

December 10/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Petrochemical producer Sasol's ethane cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana, will restart from planned maintenance work in the latter part of December, a spokeswoman for the company said in an email to S&P Global.

"On November 30, we shut down the LCCP ethane cracker to begin replacing its acetylene reactor catalysts, as we announced in October," the spokeswoman said.

The unit is expected to have a nameplate capacity of 1.5 million mt/year in 2020, according to the company's website.

The maintenance began November 30.

As MRC wrote before, Sasol announced that its world-scale US ethane cracker reached beneficial operation on 27 August 2019. Sasols new cracker, the heart of its 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 the company's Lake Charles multi-asset site.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,724,670 tonnes in the first ten months of 2019, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market in January-October 2019 totalled 1,066,520 tonnes, up by 7% year on year. Supply of block copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymer) and homopolymer of propylene (homopolymer PP) increased, demand for statistical copolymers (PP random copolymer) decreased.

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, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, Sasol, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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