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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 successfully upgraded our Singapore ethylene cracker complex , bolstering Shell’s largest refining-chemicals integrated site. The project on Bukom Island has boosted production of ethylene by more than 20%. Every tonne of ethylene made now uses 7% less energy and produces 11% less CO2 emissions.
Our plans for to increase capacity at our Jurong Island petrochemicals facilitiesare progressing well. Once completed, they 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 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.
In Europe, our investment in our Wesseling facility to improve energy efficiency and boost production volumes has lowered stack temperatures, reduced fuel consumption, and enabled the upgraded 2A steam cracker to produce 15% more ethylene, propylene, C4 and pygas.
Investing in new growth platforms
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 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.