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Site clearance for Sasol's ethane cracker project in Westlake underway


WESTLAKE, Louisiana — Site clearance for Sasol's ethane cracker project in Westlake is underway, as workers begin the task of prepping the land for construction.

Mike Hayes, Sasol's public affairs manager for U.S. megaprojects, tells the American Press ( ) workers from the Westlake-based Civil Construction are in the early stages of spot clearing.

Hayes says preconstruction activities will also include compacting clay to form a solid foundation on which the cracker will be built. He said that site clearance will most likely continue through the end of the year.

Sasol's proposed $7 billion ethane cracker will produce ethylene, which, in turn, will be used to make products such as synthetic fibers, detergents, paints and fragrances. Construction on the facility is expected to begin next spring.

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