14 June 2010
South African petrochemicals company Sasol is to build a purified tri-ethyl aluminum production unit at its plant in Germany – cementing its status as the world’s largest producer of the substance, which is used in the production of polyethylene and medium chain alcohols.
The facility will be built at the Sasol Olefins & Surfactants plant in Brunsbuttel, Germany. It will have an initial annual production of 6 000 tons, and is expected to go on stream in early 2012.
“Leveraging the existing base product allows Sasol to enter this growing market relatively quickly with quality and availability assured”, Sasol’s Andre de Ruyter said in a statement last week.
“It will increase our ability to supply customers around the world”.
Ensuring reliable supply
Sasol has also signed a cooperation agreement with a leading gas-phase polypropylene technology provider to qualify the application of Sasol’s purified tri-ethyl aluminum (TEAL) in their sensitive production process.
“With its many years of experience in the handling of TEAL, Sasol is able to ensure rigorous adherence to all safety requirements along the entire supply chain,” said Sasol Olefins & Surfactants managing director Fleetwood Grobler.
“It also ensures the safe and reliable supply of a high-quality, key co-catalyst over long distances to customers worldwide”.
Sasol Olefins & Surfactants is the world’s largest producer of tri-ethyl aluminum during the production of alcohols at its Ziegler unit in Brunsbuttel, Germany and Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.
The unit will enable Sasol to further benefit from of its existing strong position in the production and captive supply of TEAL.
Since the new plant will only use a small portion of available Ziegler plant resources, Sasol remains well positioned to develop additional capacity to meet future market demands.
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