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Sasol appoints S&B to construct tetramerization plant  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Sasol (Johannesburg, South Africa; www.sasol.com) has selected S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd. (Houston; www.sbec.com) as its engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCm) contractor to construct its recently announced ethylene Tetramerization plant at Lake Charles, La. The pioneering plant will utilize Sasol’s proprietary technology to convert ethylene to 1-octene and 1-hexene. This unique process was developed in Sasol’s R&D laboratories in South Africa, and selectively produces alpha olefins required for the high growth polymer markets. Engineers and scientists from Sasol North America (SNA) participated with an international team to design the unit, which will utilize the new technology on an industrial manufacturing scale. Responding to their appointment, S & B President, James Slaughter, Jr. said the company is honored to have been selected by Sasol to perform engineering, procurement, and construction management for its project to commercialize a new and important chemical production technology. "We are committed to providing Sasol and the local community a safe working environment and a world class project", said Slaughter. According to André de Ruyter, Sasol’s…
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