Synthetic Drilling Fluids are US EPA-approved.

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NEOFLO(TM) olefins are designed for changing environmental regulations in Gulf of Mexico and increasing standardization of environmental practices in other parts of world. Compliant with US EPA offshore discharge regulations, NEOFLO 1-58 internal olefin features linearity and purity that decreases sediment toxicity and improves biodegradability. Product also exhibits stability when exposed to extreme temperature conditions.

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Shell Chemicals Drills Down on Oilfield Chemicals

HOUSTON, Feb. 3 -- Shell Chemicals* sharpens its focus on oilfield chemicals with the launch of a new Web site for its NEOFLO(TM) synthetic drilling fluids.

"NEOFLO olefins, a new line of products, were designed in response to changing environmental regulations in the Gulf of Mexico and increasing standardization of environmental practices in other parts of the world," said Dan Carlson, global business manager of Higher Olefins, Shell Chemical LP. "In parallel, we also improved our capabilities to serve a marketplace where reliability of supply is a must," he added.

The new Web site -- located at -- highlights the main features of NEOFLO fluids that include improved environmental performance and full compliance with current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offshore discharge regulations.

The core product supplied to the Oilfield Chemical market is NEOFLO 1-58, an internal olefin whose high linearity and purity decreases sediment toxicity and improves biodegradability. Low sediment toxicity allows it to consistently pass U.S. EPA compliance protocol. NEOFLO 1-58 is also more stable than vegetable-based esters when exposed to extreme temperature conditions(1).

"There are benefits from using NEOFLO for both operators and mud companies. Operators have added assurance of passing U.S. EPA compliance tests without sacrificing drilling performance," said Manuel Cano, staff research engineer, Shell Chemical LP. "Mud companies can lower their formulation costs by eliminating the complexity of blending multiple base oils."

As part of the focus on the oilfield sector, Shell Chemical LP increased production capacity and improved storage and shipping facilities at its Geismar, LA facility. "These investments provide logistics flexibility to handle multimodal orders for oilfield chemical customers," remarked Julie Acosta, supply manager, Shell Chemical LP. "Combined with improved quality and reliability we are better able to meet the needs of this growing market."

Additional information about this new generation of drilling base fluids can be obtained from your local mud company, local Shell Chemicals representative, or our Web site at .

*"Shell Chemicals" is the expression used to describe the companies of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies engaged in the Chemicals businesses. Each company is an independent entity.

(1) Impact of Heat Aging on Sediment Toxicity of Ester/Olefin Based Drilling Muds to Leptocheirus plumulosus. 2004. M.L. Cano, S. Rabke, J. Candler, P.B. Dorn, J.T. Louallen, and P. Scott. Report to American Petroleum Institute (API) Synthetic Muds Research Program.

CONTACT: Sarah Colletti of Shell Chemical LP, +1-713-241-6008

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