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November 11, 2005

The Geismar, LA plant has been upgraded too. The plant is a leading producer of EO/glycols, ethoxylate surfactants, detergent alcohols and linear alcohols 9-11 (plasticizers) and 12-17 (light duty detergents and powders). The ingredients offer special attributes, such as Neolone 67, which is quick foaming, effectively cleansing and cold-water soluble to save energy.

“Shell Chemicals is the No. 1 or No. 2 global producer of LAO, detergent alcohols and ethoxylates,” said David G. Naugle, vice president, higher olefins and derivatives (HODers), Shell Chemicals LP. “To maintain a leading position, we have to be flexible in dealing with the changing needs of customers and opportunities to grow in the next few years.”

The 35-year-old Geismar plant has become a leading producer of Shell Chemicals’ detergent products, due to new alpha olefin, olefin feed-prep and alcohol units.

The site, originally spanning 700 acres on the Mississippi River, purchased an historic sugar cane plantation next door, The Ashland-Belle Helene house, and now has a total of 810 acres. Part of the agreement was that Shell Chemicals would maintain the plantation house. Archeological digs revealed dolls, pottery, bottles and many other items used by African-Americans since 1839. One of the oldest items recovered was a 1793 Spanish medio real that was probably used as a necklace or charm.

The Shell Chemical plant also supports the River Road African American Museum and the publication of “Our Roots Run Deep,” a history of the museum located in Darrow, LA.
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