Sasol Inaugurates PE Plant in South Africa
Today, Sasol Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, David Constable, and the South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, inaugurated Sasol’s new ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg, South Africa.
The R1.9 billion ethylene purification unit aims to address the growing demand for polyethylene material. The plant will also ensure better utilisation of Sasol’s existing downstream polyethylene facilities. In delivering his opening remarks at the official opening, David Constable said, “Through the installation of the new ethylene splitter, considerable production capacity has been freed up to produce more ethylene. In so doing, our investment in EPU5, together with a new compressor unit in Secunda, will provide the South African plastics manufacturing industry with an additional 47,000 tons of polyethylene annually.”
EPU5 is already in operation phase. Half of the additional 47,000 tons of polyethylene will be reached within the next six months, while the plant is expected to reach full capacity by 2017.
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