May 2, 2013

Sasol North America is pleased to provide the LSU Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering with a grant of $20,000 in support of its research in the general area of surfactants in foams, enhanced oil recovery, and petroleum engineering applications. A check was presented to LSU Department of Petroleum Engineering chair and faculty members in Lake Charles on Friday.

“Sasol’s gift will support LSU’s research in petroleum engineering, especially in the applications of surfactants in foams and enhanced oil recovery,” Dan Plummer, Ph.D., Technical Manager of Oil & Gas Chemicals for Sasol Olefins & Surfactants said. “Together, Sasol and the department will explore the potential for LSU to assist Sasol in building its research capabilities in petroleum engineering and developing higher-performing products through collaborative research.”

“This partnership with LSU is just one example of Sasol demonstrating its commitment to utilizing the state’s resources and academic institutions to assist in this new influx of jobs and activity in Southwest Louisiana,” Plummer said. “We look forward to these partnerships and others in the months and years ahead.”

Sasol Research & Development (R&D) resources are located in Southwest Louisiana. The R&D scientists and technicians play a major role in supporting customers for the entire product portfolio. These scientists provide prompt technical assistance and the innovative development of new applications and products. The more than 35 R&D staff members also provide technical assistance to operations and engineering employees in an ongoing effort to increase productivity and efficiency in the manufacturing units.

Sasol is currently conducting Front End Engineering for the largest single manufacturing investment in the history of Louisiana, which also represents one of the largest foreign direct investment manufacturing projects in the history of the United States. The investment, for a world-scale ethane cracker and downstream units as well as a Gas-To-Liquids facility, is estimated to be approximately $20 billion. Together, these two mega-projects create a minimum of 1,200 permanent positions, 7,000 construction jobs at peak and thousands of indirect jobs both in Louisiana and in the rest of the U.S.

Sasol Limited:

Sasol is a technology-driven alternative fuels and chemicals company formed in 1950 in Sasolburg, South Africa. Sasol converts gas and coal into liquid fuels, fuel components and chemicals through their proprietary Fischer-Tropsch processes. Sasol operates in 38 countries and employs about 34,000 people. The company is listed on the JSE Limited in South Africa and on the New York Stock Exchange in the United States of America. For more information about Sasol, click here.


For more information, contact Cassie Thibeaux, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-0092. 

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