Grangemouth residents braced as Ineos begins piling work at petrochemical plant
Petrochemical giant Ineos is set to begin piling work for its new energy centre next week.
Nearby residents have been warned the work may be noisy.
Construction of the new multi-million pound facility, which is located within the Ineos complex just off Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, starts next week.
An Ineos spokesperson said: "A part of the ongoing investment into the Grangemouth site, Ineos O&P UK is continuing to progress the £350 million project to construct a new state-of-the-art steam and power plant.
"The construction team have made good progress and we will be commencing a programme of piling from Monday.
"Piling will take place in two locations – the construction site, within the site boundary, and along Grange Burn, to underpin the heavy-load route, along which the power plant components will be transported from Forth Ports.
"It will only take place in line with the conditions of the power plant planning application that outlines the timing for the daily start and finish of this specific activity.”
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 month Ineos stated it was “committed” to keeping residents informed of its progress and any work that was being carried out.
It added: “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.”
In 2020 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.”