Grangemouth residents brace for Ineos to begin pounding away with piling work

Petrochemical giant Ineos is about to commence work on its multi-million pound new energy plant and have warned locals piling is imminent.

By James Trimble
Friday, 12th February 2021, 10:15 am

Construction of the new facility, which is located within the Ineos complex just off Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, is about to begin.

An Ineos spokesperson said: “Over the coming weeks, the project picks up a gear, with the construction team, under the principle contractor, Fluor, being mobilised to the site.

"This will be in line with strict COVID-19 guidelines. At the same time we will be taking receipt of equipment to prepare the ground for piling and construction. Piling activities will commence in early March and we are committed to informing our local community of this activity when it begins.”

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Petrochemical giant Ineos is gearing up for piling work to be carried out for the construction of its new energy centre

Ineos stated the new energy plant, which it received planning permission for in 2018, is key to the future development of the site and demonstrated the company's commitment to Grangemouth.

“The new energy plant will modernise steam and power generation to the Ineos Petrochemical and Petroineos refining plants, together with the Forties Pipeline System, for decades to come."

Last year residents had to put up with weeks of distracting – and, in some cases for householders living nearby, annoying – piling work from the other side of the town during construction of CalaChem's new £210 million Earls Gate Energy Centre.

At the time French construction firm CNIM, who were carrying out the work, stated: “Over recent weeks we have had to undertake a programme of steel piling, which is, unfortunately, noisy.”