Sasol details petrochemical project plans

Sasol Ltd., Johannesburg, announced a plan to build five new plants to expand its solvents capacity, at a combined cost of more than 1.5 billion rand ($250 million). Sasol said the investments are part of a 14 billion rand, 5-year capital expansion program, which follows an investment of 7.5 billion rand over the past 3 years. The new projects are: an 825 million rand normal-butanol plant; a 270 million rand ethyl acetate plant; a 240 million rand hexene plant; a 140 million rand high-purity ethanol plant; and a 29 million rand ethanol dehydration plant. Project details The normal-butanol plant will be based on technology licensed from Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., which is soon to b...

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