Engineering News 13 September 2011.
For over 60 years, Sasol has produced more than 1.6-billion barrels of liquid fuels and chemicals primarily from coal, as well as some natural gas. Recently this South African energy and chemicals group has has pulled the trigger on another North American gas-to-liquids (GTL) feasibility study. This study will initiate a two-million to four-million-ton-a-year facility in the US state of Louisiana.
The South African group, which has proprietary technology capable of converting coal and natural gas into fuel and chemicals, recently spent R14.2-billion acquiring 50% of Farrel Creek, as well as half of Talisman’s Cypress A shale gas assets. Should it proceed, Sasol would apply its GTL technology to convert Louisiana’s abundant natural gas resources into fuel to be consumed in the US, which is keen to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.
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