JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On 27 August 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall near Sasol´s Lake Charles Chemicals Complex (including Lake Charles Chemicals Project) in Southwest Louisiana. Sasol was making significant progress towards a restart of the LCCC facilities, which had to be suspended as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Delta. Hurricane Delta made landfall on 9 October 2020.
Preliminary assessments indicated no further damage caused by Hurricane Delta, and we are also pleased to report that our employees have safely resumed their duties. The availability of sufficient industrial-level power from the local provider has resulted in the commencement of a coordinated startup of the complex. The impact of Hurricane Laura on the total net saleable tons of our North American Operations was approximately 170 kilotons in quarter one of financial year 2021.
Seven chemical manufacturing units have returned to operation and all remaining units which were operating prior to Hurricane Laura are expected to return to operation by end October 2020. Commissioning activities of our Low Density Polyethylene unit have resumed, and beneficial operation is still trending towards end October 2020.
Sasol will continue to support its employees and the local community impacted by the hurricanes with relevant resources and assistance.
PRODUCTION AND SALES METRICS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2020
Sasol has published its production and sales performance metrics for the three months ended 30 September 2020, on the Company´s website at www.sasol.com, under the Investor Centre section or via this URL: https://www.sasol.com/investor-centre/financial-reporting/business-performance-metrics
A business outlook for Sasol North America is also provided in the Business Performance Metrics report.
INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL
Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Grobler, and Chief Financial Officer, Paul Victor, will host a conference call via webcast (https://www.corpcam.com/Sasol22102020 ) at 15:30 (SA time) on 22 October 2020.
For further information, please contact:
Sasol Investor Relations
Feroza Syed, Chief Investor Relations Officer
Direct telephone: +27 (0) 82 557 7740
Disclaimer - Forward-looking statements
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