As-it-happened: Talks over petrochemical plant and refinery

Key points

  • Owners Ineos intend to close the petrochemical plant because they say it is losing money.
  • The petrochemicals facility generates more than two million tonnes of chemical products a year.
  • Fears are raised over the long-term future of the refinery which is part of the Grangemouth site.
  • The refinery normally processes 210,000 barrels of crude oil a day, producing more than nine million litres of clean fuels a day.
  • The refinery's feedstock is now mainly supplied by the neighbouring BP-operated Kinneil oil and gas processing plant.
  • Unite union leaders voice optimism after meeting management to discuss the future of the central Scotland site.

Live text


  • Sandy Murray 
  • Stuart Nicolson 


Welcome to live coverage of a crucial day for the future of Grangemouth.


We also hope to hear from local people affected by the threat to the future of the complex.


The BBC is also following efforts by political leaders in Scotland and at Westminster to save at least part of the facility.


BBC reporters and correspondents will be following talks involving the union Unite and owers Ineos.


@LJBicker: Unite chief Len McCluskey has arrived at #Grangemouth for talks. Shop stewards met managers this morning.


@HolyroodParis: Figures being quoted for #Grangemouth's contribution to Scottish GDP of 8-10% scarcely seem credible - those quoting 1.2% seem more likely


Eight hundred jobs are likely to go if the petrochemical plant closes, along with many more sub-contractors.


Six hundred more staff are at risk in the neighbouring refinery, which was also shut down last week in the bitter dispute over Grangemouth's future.


Ineos director, Tom Crotty, said the management team at Grangemouth would listen to what the union Unite would be saying. He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "If they [the management] believe there is substantial differences in where are are now then clearly they have a duty to take that back to the shareholders. The shareholders, after the vote on Monday, and quite understandably, took a view that if the workforce had rejected that £300m investment then how were they going to go ahead and make it id the workforce were not behind that."


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