Shell Bitumen Asphalt Line

This self-certification status allows Shell Bitumen to conduct lab testing of its own product, which accelerates Shell Bitumen’s ability to ship liquid asphalt to customers for state paving projects. Shell Bitumen currently supplies PG 76-22 and PG 67-22 to the Louisiana market.

“We are very pleased to receive this significant approval from the LADOTD,” said Craig Linington, General Manager of Shell Bitumen Americas. “Our investment in lab infrastructure at our production facility in St. Rose, our world-class technical capability, and our strong relationships with the state DOTs have enabled us to gain significant competitive advantage.”

Without self-certification, liquid bitumen suppliers face a longer period of product evaluation. Typically, a liquid bitumen supplier would first test the product to obtain Certificates of Analysis (COA) for a specific product grade, then ship the COA along with binder samples to a LADOTD state lab for testing. Liquid asphalt suppliers are required to have a state-issued lab number before selling their product.

“It’s a special status and a real benefit to not have to wait for the LADOTD to conduct testing at their lab and later issue the lab numbers,” said Punith Shivaprasad, Shell Product Application Advisor. “Now we just load the product into a storage tank and then immediately can start shipping liquid asphalt after we have done self-certification of the tank because the state is confident in our quality assurance processes.”

The LADOTD tested Shell Bitumen’s binder samples and reviewed the test results to ensure they matched LADOTD laboratory test results and maintained rigorous state specification requirements. Because of the successful evaluation, Shell Bitumen was granted the right to “self-certify.”

Shell Bitumen differentiates itself in the US by owning and operating an on-purpose bitumen refinery in St. Rose, Louisiana. It has rapidly expanded its US footprint, now with retail terminal sites across the Gulf Coast and Southeast regions.

Notes to Editors

  • Shell is the world’s largest international bitumen marketer, and delivers enough bitumen to pave a one-lane kilometer road every four minutes.
  • Shell supplies a wide range of high quality bitumen products, from standard-grade bitumen to special polymer-modified bitumen (PMB), which are marketed under the brand name Shell Cariphalte. Shell Cariphalte has been used in a number of iconic projects for applications such as highways, urban roads and porous asphalts for urban drainage systems. It is ideal for use in heavily trafficked locations such as airfields, racetracks and bus lanes. It can be particularly beneficial in heavy duty applications such as rail, ports, bridge decks, crack relief systems or overlaying concrete pavements and expansion joints.
  • Shell is a leader in bitumen technology, and recently published the “Shell Bitumen Handbook, Sixth Edition”, which covers the latest topics in bitumen technology and application. Shell currently holds 49 active patent series linked to bitumen and asphalt.
  • Shell Bitumen also operates a network of Regional Solution Centers located in strategic regions: Strasbourg (France), Bangkok (Thailand) and Shanghai(China).

Inquiries:

Shell Bitumen Americas
Shawn Trahan
anissa.trahan@shell.com
+1-713-241-4544

 

Shell Bitumen Global
Oliver Lim
o.lim@shell.com
+ 65 6477 7499

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