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Petrochemicals Shell Breaks Ground for World's Largest Alpha Olefins Site

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Shell Chemicals has started the construction of the world’s largest single-site production of alpha olefins at Geismar, Luisina. The three-year US $ 717 million project will culminate with Shell Chemical beginning operation of the new manufacturing plant in early 2018.

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Shell's site in Geismar, where the company adds a fourth alpha olefins production plant with a capacity of 425 kilotons per year.
Shell's site in Geismar, where the company adds a fourth alpha olefins production plant with a capacity of 425 kilotons per year.
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Geismar, Louisiana/USA – The company has selected Baton Rouge-based Turner Industries as its general construction contractor. The new manufacturing plant will produce 25 kilotons of intermediate chemicals per year which are crucial for a variety of consumer and industrial products, including packaging plastics, synthetic lubricants, drilling fluids and detergents.

The project will make Shell Chemical’s Geismar location the largest single-site producer of alpha olefins in the world. In addition, the Shell Chemical project will retain 650 existing jobs in Geismar; create 20 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of US $ 104,000, plus benefits; and result in an estimated 93 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 110 new jobs in the Capital Region and surrounding areas.

“We’re excited to be formally breaking ground for the AO-4 expansion, a project that will reinforce Shell Geismar’s position as a key contributor to the economic vitality of our region and our state,” said Rhoman Hardy, Shell Geismar general manager. “We’d like to express our appreciation to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development for their invaluable assistance in making the AO-4 project a reality.”

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