Grangemouth CHP plant gets green light

The Scottish government has approved the construction of a combined heat and power plant at the Grangemouth petrochemical complex in centralà‚ Scotland.

Owner BP is set to benefit from the gas-fired CHP facility at the Kinneil oil terminal area of the complex.
Kinneil requires steam for heat energy to drive oil separation processes. The Scottish government said the site was a “strategic piece of oil and gas industry infrastructure”.

The output of the plant is expected to be 159 MW.

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 consensus across stakeholders that we must retain critical infrastructure to ensure the long-term viability of the North Sea oil and gas industry.

“There is a long term sustainable future for the North Sea – which will be supported by investments such as these at BP Kinneil Terminal – and we are committed to using every lever at our disposal to support the industry through this challenging time.”

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