Issue Date: March 12, 2018
Shell plans 2018 start for α-olefins
Shell Chemicals says it has installed large equipment such as reactors, columns, and vessels at the α-olefins plant it is building in Geismar, La. The company began construction in 2016. When it opens later this year, the plant will add 425,000 metric tons of α-olefins output, bringing capacity at the site to more than 1.3 million metric tons per year. α-Olefins are used as comonomers for linear low-density polyethylene and to make detergents and lubricants.
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