At its Geismar Chemical Plant in South Louisiana, Shell is taking advantage of the latest technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to execute an expansion project that, when completed, will make the Shell Geismar site the largest alpha olefins producer in the world. Alpha olefins are used to produce household detergents, plastics, synthetic lubricants, and drilling fluids, among other useful products.
The Tiger AO4 Project will add an additional 425,000 tons of capacity to the Geismar facility, which is already the largest alpha olefins producer in North America. The AO4 project utilizes local relationships and resources, with emphasis on working with local contractors. Notably, the primary construction contractor (and largest contractor on the project in terms of workforce size) is Turner Industries, which was founded and is headquartered in nearby Baton Rouge, LA.
Location: Shell Geismar
Interests: 100% Shell
Key Contractors: Jacobs Engineering, Turner Industries
Production: Once AO-4 is complete, Shell Geismar will be the largest producer of alpha olefins in the world.
With safety and quality at the forefront, the Tiger AO4 project is committed to set the standard for our industry.
- The project provides 1,500 construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs.
- The new facility is contained within Shell Geismar’s existing 800 acres.
- Alpha olefins are used to make high-performance synthetic lubricants, biodegradable detergents, and drilling fluids, and as co-monomers to make stronger, lighter polyethylene film.
- Alpha Olefins Fact Sheet (see below)
- Local officials and Shell leadership broke ground for Geismar’s alpha olefin expansion project in February 2016.
- Alpha Olefins Expansion Announced for Geismar, Louisiana
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