Sasol's Lake Charles Project in US slowly re-opening after Hurricane Laura

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Sasol’s Lake Charles Chemicals Project in Louisiana is slowly re-opening after it was shut down by Hurricane Laura in August.

The Johannesburg-based chemicals and fuels manufacturer provided an update on Friday, notifying shareholders that damage assessments to plant have been completed.

The company found that "there was moderate wind damage to cooling towers and some insulation and building damage but there is no apparent damage to major process equipment, utilities or infrastructure."

Sasol said regular employee work shifts have resumed. Several hundred contractors are working on site to expedite readiness for startup.

However, the site is currently only partially energised. Entergy, the regional electricity supplier, expects full load service to be available to Sasol and other industrial customers in the area by early-to-mid October.

According to the update, the low-density polyethylene unit, the last of the Lake Charles Chemicals Project units to come online, did not experience any significant storm impact and commissioning activities have resumed.

"The unit’s beneficial operation sequence will be initiated once the site is fully energized," the group said.

The company said it has insurance coverage for units under construction, as well as operating units.

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