The proposed ethane cracker and gas-to-liquids complex to be developed in Louisiana by Sasol Ltd., a South African chemicals and energy firm, is in the engineering and design phase. The cracker facility will cost up to $7 billion and is expected to be operational by 2017. Engineering and design work on the gas-to-liquids plant, which will be built in two phases, will move ahead in the second half of this year. The total cost of the complex could reach $21 billion.

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