Petrochemicals manufacturer Shell Chemical has broken ground on its $717m linear alpha olefins manufacturing plant in Geismar, Louisiana.
The new facility will be the fourth alpha olefins production plant on Shell’s 800-acre Geismar site.
It will produce intermediate chemicals used for various consumer and industrial products such as packaging plastics, synthetic lubricants, drilling fluids and household detergents.
Expected to be operational in early 2018, the plant will have an annual production capacity of 425 kilotonnes.
Baton Rouge-based Turner Industries has been selected by Shell to serve as the general construction contractor of the project.
The project is anticipated to create about 1,500 jobs during the construction phase along with an additional 20 new direct jobs.
Shell Geismar general manager Rhoman Hardy said: “We’re excited to be formally breaking ground for the AO-4 expansion, a project that will reinforce Shell Geismar’s position as a key contributor to the economic vitality of our region and our state.
“We’d like to express our appreciation to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development for their invaluable assistance in making the AO-4 project a reality.”