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African company to study building refinery in La.

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 1:14 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: South Africa, energy company, Louisiana, refinery, natural gas, diesel, Johannesburg, Sasol Ltd., gas-to-liquids complex, Calcasieu Parish, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Westlake, WBRZ

WESTLAKE, La. - A South African energy company has picked a site in southwest Louisiana as a possible location a multibillion dollar refinery to convert natural gas to diesel and other
products.

Johannesburg-based Sasol Ltd. announced Tuesday that it will study the feasibility of building a "gas-to-liquids complex" in Calcasieu Parish.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said the project could involve a capital investment of up to $10 billion and could generate roughly 850 permanent jobs.

Sasol said the complex would be the first of its kind to be built in the U.S.

A subsidiary of Sasol already operates a Westlake chemical facility that employs 400 workers.

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