Louisiana Ethane Cracker for Marcellus Gas Built with Intl Money

In June 2014, MDN told you about a Range Resources deal to sell some of their ethane to a cracker plant, yet to be built, in Lake Charles, Louisiana (see Range Announces Multiple Agreements to Sell Natgas & Ethane). The Lake Charles cracker plant is part of a huge $8.9 billion petrochemical complex that will be built by energy/chemical company Sasol. In a press release last week, Sasol announced they’ve secured $4 billion in a “credit facility” (i.e. loans) for the project, although they don’t mention when construction will actually get under way. Aside from the fact that Marcellus ethane, in part, will feed the plant, what struck us as interesting is the international nature of the project. Some 18 international banks and investment firms are involved in the $4 billion credit deal. Sasol itself is a South African company; the Bank of Tokyo is the administrative agent for the deal; Bank of America is the account bank; HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) is the “security trustee” for the $4B loan; and the Bank of Scotland is financial adviser. It’s a real panoply of international involvement!…

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