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Shell studying LAO expansion at Geismar

7:10 AM MST | February 15, 2013

expansion: Capitalizing on shale boom with LAO at Geismar site. Shell Chemicals announced last week that it is considering the addition of a world-scale linear alpha-olefin (LAO) unit to its Geismar, LA, petrochemical facility. The project would add to a growing list of North American investments aimed at capitalizing on the region’s shale gas advantage. Shell says the expansion would support growing demand for polyethylene comonomers, premium lubricants and lubricant additives, surfactants, and offshore drilling fluids. The new unit, which would take...

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