South African petrochemicals group Sasol said on Thursday it would delay any further work on a 94,000 barrels-per-day coal-to-liquids plant in China pending a review by the Chinese government.

Sasol and its partner, the Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group (SNCG), submitted the project for review in December 2009 and are awaiting a decision on their application.

The project has reached a key decision point and the partners have decided to delay initiation of any further project activities until the outcome of the National Development and Reform Commission decision is known, it said in a statement.