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Shell Chemical to spend over $700M for Geismar plant expansion

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Shell Chemical laid out plans to invest more than $700 million to expand its plant in Geismar on Monday.

The news came out after the company said the project will create 20 new jobs paying more than $100,000 a year, as well as about 1,000 construction jobs while retaining the 650 jobs currently at the plant.

Shell Geismar General Manager Rhoman Hardy said Monday in a news release the manufacturing unit will produce alpha olefins, chemicals that are used to produce a variety of consumer and industrial products including plastics, synthetic lubricants, drilling fluids and household detergents.

Hardy says construction on the plant expansion is set to begin next year, with operations at the newly expanded plant beginning in 2018.

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