The next-generation, high-purity paraffinic fluids are made from gas-to-liquids (GTL) products manufactured at the world’s largest GTL plant – Pearl GTL in Qatar, a joint venture of Shell and Qatar Petroleum. They boast qualities that can enhance performance over conventional products in the market. 

“The global solvents market continues to grow, trending towards performance products with lower environmental impact that meet stringent regulatory standards,” said Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice- President of Shell Chemicals.  “Shell Chemicals is responding to this market demand.”

While demand is still expected from ‘traditional’ segments, such as paints and coatings, personal care, cosmetics, and inks, it is increasing in a wide range of other end-uses, such as water treatment, crop protection, oilfield chemicals, mining, industrial cleaning and consumer goods.

Shell has been using upstream and downstream gas to manufacture a range of petrochemicals at its key facilities in the UK, US, Canada and Saudi Arabia.  This latest offering is yet another way that Shell uses gas – instead of crude oil – as a feedstock to make and supply building-block petrochemicals.  Access to gas feedstock from its upstream and downstream businesses is a competitive advantage that Shell’s chemicals business gets from being part of an integrated energy company.

Based on the proprietary Shell Middle Distillates Synthesis technology, Shell GTL Fluids and Solvents offer enhanced performance over conventional products in a number of applications. Besides their high purity, low odour and more stable and consistent composition, the new range of GTL Fluids and Solvents are designed to be readily biodegradable, with low eco-toxicity and photochemical reactivity. This range is also designed to result in very low ozone formation potential.


  • Shell has been advancing its GTL technology for over 40 years.  Its Pearl GTL facility in Qatar is currently the largest GTL plant in the world.  Pearl GTL has the capacity to produce 140,000 barrels per day of GTL products and 120,000 barrels of oil per day of natural gas liquids and ethane.
  • Pearl GTL also produces high-quality GTL naphtha and GTL normal paraffins, which are used as high-yield and premium feedstock in the chemical industry.
  • Shell Chemicals has been producing solvents for the marketplace since the 1920s.  It has an existing portfolio of chemical and hydrocarbon solvents, which are used in a wide range of products, from paints to cleaning products, from antifreeze to adhesives.
  • Shell GTL Fluids and Solvents will be differentiated by flash points and narrow boiling ranges, and will compete against a range of performance fluids, isoparaffins and D grade offerings in the market. More product information can be obtained here.

About Shell Chemicals

  • The term ‘Shell Chemicals’ collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the chemicals business. 
  • Shell Chemicals has a heritage of more than 80 years.  We rank among the world’s Top 10 chemicals suppliers, selling over 18 million tonnes of petrochemicals per year to customers, many of whom are leaders in their own fields.
  • Our world-class integrated manufacturing plants are in the Asia-Pacific (Singapore), Europe (Netherlands), and North America (the US Gulf Coast and Canada). 
  • We have three leading research centres in the US, the Netherlands and India, with nearly 3,000 scientists and support staff. 
  • Our market-leading proprietary technologies underpin our strong product portfolio.  We also invest to develop next-generation technologies that could use new types of feedstocks, at lower costs and with reduced environmental impact. 
  • We draw strength from being part of an integrated energy company – we benefit from shared infrastructures, access to a variety of feedstocks, and deep manufacturing and processing expertise.  This gives Shell a competitive advantage over stand-alone chemicals companies.

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