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Norco manufacturing location
Norco, Louisiana, USA manufacturing location
Site size in acres 700 (area includes Motiva Refinery)
Principal activities

At Norco, Shell Chemical LP manufactures lower olefins (ethylene propylene, butadiene).

The products made at Norco are used by customers to manufacture many of the everyday products we all use.

Main chemicals products manufactured

Ethylene; propylenebutadiene

  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 9001-2000 certifications achieved for Ethylene, Propylene and Butadiene
Other plants on site Epoxy resins plant, owned and operated by Momentive.
Adjoining industrial activities
  • Motiva Refinery (integrated into site)
  • Valero St Charles Refinery
  • 1929 - Site purchased
  • 1955 - Chemical site started up
  • 1967 - First ethylene plant started
  • 1974 and 1981 - Major ethylene expansions
  • 1982 - Original ethylene plant, VCM (vinyl chloride monomer) and ANAG (acrolyn, glycerine and hydrogen peroxide) processes shutdown
  • 1995 - Shell Polypropylene purchased by Union Carbide
  • 1998 - Norco Manufacturing Complex split into Chemical and Refining businesses
  • 1999 - Expansion of Norco olefins business with OP-1 project
  • 2000 - Shell sells Resins business to Resolution Performance Products, with Resolution taking over operation of the resins units (presently owned by Momentive)

Plant capacities

Norco, Louisiana, USA manufacturing location plant capacities
Plant Ownership Capacity (million lbs/yr; kt/yr)
BD-5 (Butadiene Plant no. 5) Shell Chemical LP 575 (260)
OL-5 and GO-1 (Ethylene) Shell Chemical LP 3033 (1372)

Contact details

Norco, Louisiana, USA manufacturing location contact details
Full address Shell Chemical LP
15536 River Road
Louisiana 70079
Telephone +1 504 465 7342 (Site Supervisor, 24 hours per day)
Fax +1 504 465 7115
Emergency telephone Emergency Command Center: +1 504 465 6979 or +1 504 465 7068
Web site http://www.shell.com/us/norco
Site manager Don Weaver