Over many decades we have developed the proprietary technologies, processes and catalysts that enable us to compete strongly in our core petrochemical markets. For example, Shell Chemicals has launched Shell gas-to-liquids (GTL) fluids and solvents, which are high-purity paraffinic fluids and solvents made from GTL products manufactured at our Pearl facility in Qatar. We are the first company to offer a range of natural gas-based fluids and solvents to the chemicals industry worldwide.

Our Chemicals strategy is based on investment at existing sites to increase capacity, improve efficiency and integration, and to strengthen our feedstock sources. Securing new integrated growth projects and developing technologies to convert gas to chemicals are also critical strategy components.

Our Joint Ventures and Industry Associations

Strong heritage, scale and performance

  • Over 85 years’ experience in the chemicals industry.
  • More than 17 million tonnes of high-quality product sold in 2015, to nearly 1,000 customers.
  • Earnings in 2015 of some $1.6 billion

Putting safety first

Strong Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) performance systems in place, as part of good business practice.

Focus on learning from past incidents and developing a strong safety culture in conjunction with our contractors and customers.

Committed to Responsible Care®, an important driver of improved HSSE performance.

Dedicated Product Stewardship team supporting the management

of product risks at all stages, from development to disposal.

World-scale assets in strategic locations

  • World-scale manufacturing plants, located close to major chemicals markets.
  • Key manufacturing sites in the US Gulf Coast, the Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia and China.
  • Reliable supply of high-quality products to customers.

Process technology advantages

  • Experience in processing a wide range of hydrocarbon feedstocks.
  • Market-leading proprietary technologies, delivering products such as mono-ethylene glycol and higher olefins, with better yields, less energy usage and less waste. 
  • New technology development capability.

Part of an integrated company

  • Access to Shell markets and feedstocks.
  • Co-location of operations, enabling sharing of expertise, infrastructure, operations and logistics.
  • Help add value to major resource-holding partners’ hydrocarbons.

Joint ventures

Joint venture




Infineum International Ltd

50% Shell; 50% ExxonMobil Manufacture and marketing of fuel, lubricant and speciality additives Global

Saudi Petrochemical Company (Sadaf)

50% Shell; 50% Saudi Basic Industries Corporation Manufacture of ethylene, styrene monomer, MTBE, ethylene dichloride, caustic soda and ethanol Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia


50% Shell; 50% BASF Manufacture of styrene monomer/propylene oxide Moerdijk, The Netherlands;

ELLBA Eastern (Pte) Ltd

100% Shell Manufacture of styrene monomer/propylene oxide Jurong Island, Singapore

Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore (PCS)

50% Qatar Petroleum International and Shell; 50% consortium of Japanese companies led by Sumitomo Manufacture of lower olefins, aromatics, MTBE Jurong Island, Singapore

The Polyolefin Company Pte Ltd (TPC)

30% Qatar Petroleum International and Shell; 70% Japanese interests, led by Sumitomo Manufacture of polypropylene and polyethylene Jurong Island, Singapore

CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited (CSPCL)

50% Shell; 50% CNOOC Petrochemicals Investment Limited Manufacture and sale of wide range of base chemicals and derivatives Huizhou Municipality, Guangdong Province, China

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Our People

Know more about Shell Chemicals' Leadership Team and our Commercial Team Leaders.

Our growth projects

We will invest in our existing world-scale plants, to further increase their capacity and efficiency. And we will pursue options to invest in the building of new large-scale plants.

Our history

Shell companies first entered the chemicals industry in 1929, via a partnership in the Netherlands called NV Mekog, which manufactured ammonia from coke-oven gas.