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Vitter: Sasol Gas-to-Liquid Facility Locating in Calcasieu
Dec 04, 2012 (Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) -- Copyright (C) 2012 Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) welcomed an announcement by Sasol, an energy and chemical company, to move forward with plans to evaluate and construct a new gas-to-liquid (GTL) facility in Calcasieu parish. Construction on the first of its kind GTL facility, as well as an ethylene facility, is expected to begin in 2013. It is estimated that the projects will create 1,200 permanent jobs.

"This major economic announcement is a huge investment and will help provide a great boom for southwest Louisiana," Vitter said. "Louisiana has obviously shown a commitment to the energy and chemical industries, and our abundant natural gas resources make us a perfect fit for the new facility."

In 2010, Sasol announced it would construct one of the world's first Ethylene Tetramerization Unit in Lake Charles. The GTL facility, in addition to the ethylene facility, will produce a number of products including diesel fuel, naphtha and other chemical products, which will be marketed nationally and globally.

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