A leading US-based chemicals company is to deploy innovative, AI-driven technology to help improve the sustainability of its operations.
Sasol Chemicals is using the new solution at its Ethylene Unit, part of its Lake Charles Chemical Complex in Louisiana, to measure and monitor energy usage and emissions and identify opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and improve energy efficiency. Sasol Chemicals will deploy a solution called emissions.AI from UK-based data analytics specialist OPEX with the potential to expand to other units following a pilot program.
“Technology and innovation will play a crucial role in helping us achieve our emissions reduction targets,” said André Bonton, Vice President of Technical Services for Sasol Chemicals America. “We collaborate with solution providers like OPEX Group to apply proven technology that can inform our emissions reduction strategies and investments. With emissions.AI, we can get accurate data into the hands of our experts so they can make faster, better decisions that improve our performance and drive more sustainable operations.
Sasol is the first company in the chemicals manufacturing sector to introduce emissions.AI, which was originally designed for complex oil and gas facilities. The introduction of the new digital technology is part of Sasol’s roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent globally by 2030. In addition to increasing its use of renewable energy, Sasol is also focused on maximising energy efficiency across its sites.
emissions.AI will continuously monitor energy use at the Lake Charles Chemical Complex Ethylene Unit and highlight opportunities to minimise fuel and power consumption. It will give the company timely access to detailed emissions data and analysis functionality to identify opportunities to lower emissions.
“The way companies choose to operate their facilities can have a significant impact on emissions and costs,” added Jamie Bennett, CEO of OPEX Group. “Our emissions.AI solution provides customers with quality data and insights so they can identify opportunities that will have the greatest impact, helping to quickly turn their decarbonisation promises into action.”
Sasol’s Lake Charles Chemical Complex employs close to 1,200 Southwest Louisiana residents directly and another 1,000 annually through major Louisiana contractors. The company plans to extract further value from the 2,200-acre (890-hectare) site through potential expansion as a sustainability hub.