Matheson has signed a deal to build a new air separation unit to supply oxygen and nitrogen to Sasol’s world-scale ethane cracker at the company’s $8.1 billion complex in Lake Charles.

Under the agreement, Matheson will build the unit and a pipeline using the technology and facility of Matheson’s parent company, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp. The cost of the air separation unit was not disclosed.

More than 130 direct and indirect jobs in Louisiana will be traceable to the Matheson project, according to the state Department of Economic Development. Those jobs will be in addition to the 500 permanent positions created by Sasol’s ethane cracker.

The cracker will produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene each year. Ethylene is used in a number of consumer products and chemicals.


The Matheson complex is scheduled for completion in 2016. Sasol’s ethane cracker and derivatives complex is scheduled for startup in 2018.