Shell Expands AO Production On Gulf Coast

Nov. 30, 2015
Shell makes final investment decision to expand alpha olefin production at Geismar, Louisiana chemical plant.

Shell Geismar, Louisiana facility

Shell Chemical LP announces the final investment decision to increase alpha olefin (AO) production at its chemical manufacturing site in Geismar, Louisiana.  Shell will construct a fourth AO unit, adding 425,000 tonnes of capacity. The site is used in the production of polyethylene plastic for packaging and bottles, as well as engine and industrial oils and drilling fluids.

Construction of the new unit will begin in the first quarter of 2016.  The new capacity brings the total AO production at Shell's Geismar site to more than 1.3 million tonnes per year, according to the company. The site also produces alcohols, ethoxylates, ethylene oxide and ethylene glycols.

Shell also produces AO at Stanlow in the UK, operated by Essar Oil (UK) Ltd on Shell's behalf as part of an integrated oil refinery and petrochemicals site.

For more information, visit: www.shell.com

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