Ministers green light town’s new power plant

BP Kinneil will have its own power plant
BP Kinneil will have its own power plant

Scottish Ministers have granted consent for the construction and operation of a gas fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant at BP Kinneil Terminal in Grangemouth.

The Kinneil Terminal, which is adjacent to the Ineos petrochemical complex, currently processes around 40 per cent of the North Sea crude oil production which is brought to the site via the Forties Pipeline System (FPS).

Requiring steam for heat energy to drive the necessary oil separation processes, the proposed CHP plant project will meet those requirements and create up to 400 construction jobs at the same time.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “This proposed development will provide welcome long-term security of service to developers of new oil and gas fields, at an otherwise challenging time for the wider oil and gas industry.

“There is a long term sustainable future for the North Sea supported by investments such as these at BP Kinneil Terminal. We are committed to using every lever at our disposal to support the industry.”

Turn to page 14/15 for more Grangemouth power plant plans.