Entered into operation in February, the project, which uses Sasol-developed technology to convert ethylene to higher-value comonomers 1-octene and 1-hexene, currently is in start-up, with first product already produced, the company said.
Sasol expects the 100,000-tonne/year tetramerization plant to be fully operational by midyear.
Sasol also said it continues to progress with the front-end engineering and design phase of an integrated ethane cracker and downstream derivatives complex and adjacent GTL plant in Westlake, La. (OGJ Online, Nov. 25, 2013; Dec. 3, 2012).
The final investment decision for the Westlake ethane cracker and downstream derivatives project is anticipated by yearend, with FID for the GTL plant expected to follow subsequently within 18-24 months, Sasol said.
FEED phase also remains ongoing for a planned 470,000-tpy high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant jointly under development with Ineos, according to Sasol, which said it expects FID on the project by yearend.
While Sasol previously confirmed in a July 24, 2013, release that the HDPE plant will be located in the US to complement production from the company’s ethane cracker and derivatives project in southwest Louisiana, a final site decision has yet to be disclosed.