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October 26, 2021updated 26 Apr 2022 12:43pm

Shell Basra Complex, Iraq

By Carmen

Shell Basra Complex is an upcoming petrochemical complex located in Basra Governate, Iraq. The complex is expected to commence commercial operations in 2026 and is likely to have an annual petrochemical capacity of 1.8mtpa. The complex will use naphtha as its key feedstock. The plants in this complex are operated by Shell Chemical.

Details of key upcoming projects in Shell Basra Complex

The complex is set to add capacity with upcoming plant, Shell Basra Polyethylene Plant (1.8mtpa).

The complex also includes Shell Basra Ethylene Plant for which the capacity information is not available/reported.

The operator details for upcoming plants are as follows:

Plant NameOperator
Shell Basra Ethylene PlantShell Chemical
Shell Basra Polyethylene PlantShell Chemical

Key Products Capacity – Shell Basra Complex, 2021-2030

The complex is expected to produce key products such as polyethylene.

Polyethylene capacity share i.e., 100% of the total annual capacity of the complex with 1.8mtpa.

About Shell Chemical

Shell Chemical LP (Shell Chemical), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, is a chemical company that develops and distributes petrochemical products. The company offers products such as acetone, aromatics, ethylene oxide, ethylene glycols, higher olefins and derivatives, lower olefins, nonene, polyethylene, phenol, polyols, propylene oxide, chemical solvents, GTL drilling fluids, hydrocarbon and styrene monomer. Its lower olefins products include ethylene, propylene, butadiene, isoprene, dicyclopentadiene, piperylene and butene. Shell chemical’s products are used in clothing, packaging, paints, adhesives, computers, CDs, snow boards and tennis racquets, among others. The company sells its products across the US. Shell Chemical is headquartered in Deer Park, Texas, the US.


Information on the petrochemical complexes/plants is sourced from GlobalData’s oil & gas petrochemicals plants database that provides detailed information on all active and upcoming, petrochemical plants globally. Not all companies mentioned in the article may be currently existing due to their merger or acquisition or business closure.

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