Shell's Geismar; Louisiana Chemical Plant (PRNewsFoto/Shell)
Shell Chemical LP (Shell) announces the final investment decision to increase Alpha Olefins (AO) production at its chemical manufacturing site in Geismar, Louisiana , making the site the largest AO producer in the world. Shell will construct a fourth AO unit, adding 425,000 tonnes of capacity. The chemical site is used in the production of stronger and lighter polyethylene plastic for packaging and bottles, as well as engine and industrial oils and drilling fluids.
"This important investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the growth potential in chemicals," said Graham van't Hoff, Executive Vice President for Royal Dutch Shell plc's global Chemicals business. "With the investment in new, profitable facilities, Shell Chemicals is well placed to respond to increased global customer demand for linear alpha olefins. We have strong technology, advantaged ethylene feedstock from nearby Norco and Deer Park sites, and operational flexibility to allow us to respond to market conditions."