Sasol to License ExxonMobil Technology for Louisiana Polyethylene Plant

Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:59am EDT

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HOUSTON--(Business Wire)--
ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC, an affiliate of ExxonMobil
Chemical Company, (NYSE:XOM), has signed an agreement to license its tubular
process technology to Sasol North America for a new low density polyethylene
(LDPE) plant in Lake Charles, La. The new 420 thousand tonnes per year plant is
expected to be completed in late 2016. 

Sasol Polymers, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries, also licensed the
ExxonMobil Chemical tubular process for its LDPE plant in Sasolburg, South
Africa, that opened in 2005. "LDPE producers continue to choose our tubular
process technology for its broad grade-slate capabilities, high reactor uptime
and lower total cost compared with commercial gas-phase reactors," said Jennifer
Dunphy, vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing. 

"The performance of our LDPE plant in Sasolburg and the experience of working
with ExxonMobil Chemical before, during and after that facility came online
helped convince us that the ExxonMobil Chemical tubular process was also the
best choice for our Lake Charles plant," said Mike Biesheuvel, managing
director, Sasol Polymers International Investments. "The demonstrated
performance of other ExxonMobil Chemical LDPE process licensees in plants with
400 thousand tonnes per year capacities was another important factor in our

Used worldwide by ExxonMobil Chemical and its licensees, the company`s
high-pressure tubular process has been in operation since 1968 and has a long
history of improvements and capacity expansion. The company also licenses
autoclave technology for producing LDPE. 


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