Sasol awards front-end engineering design contract to Technip

By By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A Paris-based engineering design and construction firm has won its second front-end engineering design contract this year

with a local petrochemical company.

Officials from Technip announced that

the firm has been awarded a contract to supply ethylene technology and

front-end engineering

design (FEED) for Sasol’s ethane cracker.

“We are pleased that Sasol selected our

technology for this world-scale cracker, which will benefit from the

current low US

natural gas prices and abundance of ethane,” said Sten Knez,

Technip’s senior vice president of process technology, in a statement.

“As the largest ethylene licensor and contractor, Technip is proud

to support Sasol’s objectives to expand its downstream

business in the U.S.”

Technip’s operating center in Houston will execute the FEED project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.

In August, Technip was awarded a FEED contract from Trunkline LNG, which is looking to expand its Lake Charles plant.

Sasol’s proposed $7 billion ethane

cracker will produce ethylene, which, in turn, will be used to make

products such as synthetic

fibers, detergents, paints and fragrances. The facility is

expected to produce an estimated 1.5 million tons of ethylene a

year.

Construction on the ethane cracker is expected to begin next spring.

Sasol officials declined to comment on this story.