Shell Chemical expanding manufacturing plant, jobs in Ascension Parish

GEISMAR, La. — Shell Geismar General Manager Rhoman Hardy announced Shell Chemical LP will develop a new linear alpha olefins manufacturing unit at the company’s Ascension Parish complex. The project will include a $717 million capital investment and create 20 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $104,000, plus benefits, while retaining 650 existing jobs at Shell Geismar.

In addition, Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 93 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 110 new jobs in the Capital Region and surrounding areas. The company estimates the project will generate 1,000 construction jobs at peak building activity.

The manufacturing unit will produce alpha olefins, chemicals that are used to produce a variety of consumer and industrial products including plastics, synthetic lubricants, drilling fluids and household detergents. The linear alpha olefins unit will generate 425 kilotons per year, making Shell Geismar the largest alpha olefins production site in the world. Construction will begin during the first quarter of 2016, and the unit is expected to begin operations in 2018.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “Over the past half-century, Shell Chemical in Geismar has amassed an impressive track record of providing quality jobs in the production of chemicals for consumer and industrial uses across our economy. We are proud to see Shell Chemical build on that success with the addition of yet another alpha olefins unit. This $717 million project reflects the best of our efforts to make Louisiana’s business climate one of the best in the country and around the globe.”

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Source: Louisiana Economic Development

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