Shell Chemicals launches Shell Polymers PE

Shell Chemicals, the petrochemicals arm of Royal Dutch Shell, has launched Shell Polymers. “With immediate access to world-class talent, industry resources and technical knowledge, Shell Polymers aims to change the way day-to-day business in polyethylene is currently conducted,” said Shell Polymers’ general manager, Emma Lewis. The company, which is returning to plastics production after selling off its PP business 20 years ago, is building a PE plant in Pennsylvania, in the United States.

Lewis added: “The Pennsylvania Chemicals Project will be the first Shell-operated PE production facility in company history.”

According to the company, upon completion, the facility is expected to produce “an average capacity of 3.3 billion lb/yr of ethylene and three PE units running LLDPE and HDPE with a combined production capacity of approximately 3.5 billion lb/yr.” The site will also house a Shell Polymers Innovation Center, a regional technology hub and testing lab.

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