Sasol executive touts company’s $21 billion investment in Westlake

06 25, 2013 by American Press

A Sasol executive provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives last week, highlighting the benefits to the U.S. economy and discussing its $21 billion investment in Westlake.

André de Ruyter, Sasol Senior Group Executive for Global Chemicals and North American Operations, testified Thursday before a joint hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade on the perks of Sasol’s projects for U.S. manufacturing and energy business.

In his testimony, he pinpointed the possibilities created by U.S. shale gas.

“Sasol’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility, the first of its kind in the U.S., will be a game-changer for America’s energy future,” de Ruyter said in a news release. “While natural gas is a major energy source for global power generation, it has lacked the versatility to address transportation needs. Now, with our proven GTL technology, natural gas can be transformed into a range of high-quality fuels and chemical products, maximizing in-country value.”

Sasol said at the end of 2012 that it would start frontend engineering and design (FEED) work for a world-scale ethane cracker and an integrated GTL facility in Westlake. It would create about 1,200 permanent jobs and 7,000 construction jobs.