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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.
Investing in existing assets
The Shell Chemical LP facility at Geismar, Louisiana
In Asia, we have taken the final investment decision to debottleneck our Singapore ethylene cracker on Pulau Bukom (Bukom Island). This is expected to increase the capacity of olefins and aromatics produced there by more than 20%.
We have also announced plans for additional capacity at our Jurong Island petrochemicals facilities. These investments are expected to add 140,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) capacity, 140,000 tpa of ethoxylation capacity and more than 100,000 tpa of polyols capacity.
In the Middle East, we are working with our joint venture partner, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), to progress plans for the expansion of various projects at the Saudi Petrochemical Company (Sadaf). We are also looking to expand our partnership beyond Saudi Arabia.
In the US, our manufacturing site at Geismar, Louisiana is already one of the largest integrated ethylene oxide (EO) and ethoxylation facilities in the world. We are considering plans to debottleneck the existing assets, plus invest in a new crude EO unit.
In Europe, we are also considering a debottleneck of the crude ethylene oxide plant and investment in a new HPEO purification column at our Moerdijk site in the Netherlands.
Investing in new growth platforms
Pearl GTL in Qatar, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant
In the Middle East, we are working with Qatar Petroleum on a proposed new petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. The scope under evaluation includes a cracker with feedstock coming from natural gas projects in Qatar’s North Field and Shell’s Pearl GTL plant. It also potentially includes what would be the world’s largest mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) unit. Shell’s proprietary OMEGA process technology would be used in the MEG unit.
In the US, Shell is assessing the commercial feasibility of a chemicals plant in the Appalachian region. This could include a cracker to upgrade locally-produced Marcellus shale gas, a MEG plant and a polyethylene unit to serve customers in the north-east of the US.
In China, Shell is working with PetroChina and Qatar Petroleum to build a proposed refinery and petrochemicals complex in Zhejiang province.