Sasol has received the necessary permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin constructing its gas-to-liquid (GTL) facility in Calcasieu Parish, La.
“I’m extremely pleased to announce that this major economic project can move forward,” said U.S. Sen. David Vitter. “It’s a huge investment and will help provide a great boom for southwest Louisiana. Our abundant natural gas resources make us a perfect fit for the new facility.”
Vitter worked closely with Col. Rick Hansen of the Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz to move the permit forward.
Construction on the first-of-its kind GTL facility, as well as an ethylene facility, is expected to begin soon. It is estimated that the projects will create 1,200 permanent jobs. In 2010, Sasol announced it would construct one of the world’s first ethylene tetramerization units in Lake Charles, La. The GTL facility, in addition to the ethylene facility, will produce diesel fuel, naphtha and other chemical products, which will be marketed nationally and globally.