Aug 29, 2014 2:22 PM by KATC
LAKE CHARLES - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced that Sasol, an energy and chemical company, has received the necessary permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction of its gas-to-liquid (GTL) facility in Calcasieu Parish.
"I'm extremely pleased to announce that this major economic project can move forward. It's 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."
The senator says that he has been working very closely with the Corps of Engineers, particularly Col. Rick Hansen, and also with Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz to move this permit forward.
According to a release from the senator's office, Vitter says that construction on the first of its kind GTL facility, as well as an ethylene facility, is expected to begin shortly. The senator's office estimates 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. 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.