Product overview

What are NEODENE linear alpha and internal olefins?

Shell chemicals companies manufacture NEODENE linear alpha and internal olefins (alkenes) using the advanced Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP), a controlled oligomerisation of ethylene in the presence of catalyst. These high purity olefins are produced and distilled into a wide range of single carbon numbers and blends. The products available include pure 1-butene, 1-hexene, 1-octene as well as a range of blends that can be tailored to meet individual customer specifications.

How are NEODENE linear alpha and internal olefins used?

Shell Chemicals linear alpha and internal olefins (which are sold under the NEODENE name) are extremely versatile and are used to make a wide variety of products consumers use every day.

Major outlets include:

Comonomers: breakthroughs in polyethylene (PE) technology and the rapid growth in elastomers are contributing to the demand for high-quality comonomers.

  • HDPE: Copolymerising NEODENE 4HP, 6XHP or 8 with ethylene in HDPE production offers enhanced toughness and the stress crack resistance required for pipe extrusion, injection moulding, blow moulding, film and rotational moulding applications. 
  • LLDPE: NEODENE 4HP, 6XHP and 8 are preferred in LLDPE production where toughness, tear strength and impact resistance are valued. End uses include toys, grocery sacks, food and drinks containers and shrink wrap film.

Synthetic Lubricants: NEODENE 8, 10, 12 are oligomerised to form polyalphaolefins (PAO), the synthetic lubricant base fluids of choice for high performance automotive and industrial applications.

Drag Reducing Agents: when polymerised, NEODENE 8, 10, 12 form a highly branched structure; when added to crude oil or other fluids, turbulence near the pipeline wall is reduced, thus reducing pumping losses.

Lubricant and Fuel Additives: additives derived from NEODENE alpha and internal olefins play an important role in helping lubricants and fuels deliver engine performance, fuel economy, extended drain intervals and cleaner emissions.

Oil Field Chemicals: in drilling muds, NEODENE alpha and internal olefins help remove cuttings as well as providing cooling and lubrication, all with reduced environmental impact.

Enhanced Oil Recovery: ENORDET surfactants are at the forefront of enhanced oil recovery technology.

Detergents and Personal Care: a wide range of surfactants such as primary alcohols and alcohol derivatives, alcohol ethoxylates, alpha olefin sulfonates (AOS), alcohol ethoxysulfates (AES), linear alkyl benzene (LAB), linear alkyl benzene sulfonate (LAS) and amine oxides can be derived from the appropriate NEODENE alpha olefin.

Alkenyl Succinic Anhydrides (ASA): when used in paper sizing, ASAs help increase paper’s resistance to water. Similarly, ASAs are used to soften and waterproof leather.

Plasticiser Alcohols: plasticisers are added to high weight polymers such as PVC to produce floor and wall coverings, and they help make wires, cables and synthetic leathers softer, more flexible and durable.

NEODENE storage and handling guide

Datasheets

Product/Grade Description Download
BUTENE BUTENE Linear Alpha Olefin is polymer grade butene-1 produced via the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP), the key stage of which is the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE 6-XHP NEODENE 6-XHP (also known as SHOP C6-XHP) Linear Alpha Olefin is high purity 1-hexene made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. It can be used in a variety of applications but it is primarily used as a comonomer in polymerisation processes to make High Density and Linear Low Density Polyethylenes where the very high purity is especially beneficial. Datasheet
NEODENE 103(XP) NEODENE 103(XP) is a blend of alpha olefins and internal olefins with a range of carbon chain lengths of C10-C14. Used for various applications which include LAB manufacture and oil field chemicals (OFC). The XP grade has been developed for improved bio-degradation and contains a limited amount of C14. Please contact our sales representative for specification details to match your exact needs. Datasheet
NEODENE 8 NEODENE 8 (also known as SHOP C8) Linear Alpha Olefin is high purity 1-octene made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. It can be used in a variety of applications but it is primarily used as a comonomer in polymerisation processes to make Linear Low Density Polyethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE* 10 NEODENE 10 (also known as SHOP C10) Linear Alpha Olefin is high purity 1-decene made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE 12 NEODENE 12 (also known as SHOP C12) Linear Alpha Olefin is high purity 1-dodecene made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE 14 NEODENE 14 (also known as SHOP C14) Linear Alpha Olefin is high purity 1-tetradecene made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE 16 NEODENE 16 (also known as SHOP C16) Linear Alpha Olefin is high purity 1-hexadecene made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE 18 NEODENE 18 (also known as SHOP C18) Linear Alpha Olefin is high purity 1-octadecene made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE 1518 IO NEODENE 1518 IO (also known as SHOP C15-C18 Internal Olefin) is made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet
NEODENE 2024 NEODENE 2024 (also known as SHOP C20-22) Linear Alpha Olefin contains high purity C20 and C22 alpha olefins made by the Shell Higher Olefins Process (SHOP) by the oligomerisation of ethylene. Datasheet

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