Petrochemicals get overlooked sometimes in discussions about so-called fossil fuels, but their importance in modern life is enormous (plastics, man-made fibres etc.).
Scotland’s energy sector is in line for a major boost as Ineos announced it will reopen a second production line at Grangemouth. The company has successfully completed operational trials as it prepares to receive shale gas ethane from the USA.
Ineos said it has successfully completed trials on the unit eight years after it was mothballed.
The KG ethylene cracker was unable to operate at full capacity but US ethane will be used as a supplementary feed when deliveries to the plant begin in the autumn.
Gordon Milne, operations director at Ineos Grangemouth, said the move will take the facility into the “premier league of European petrochemical plants”.
He said: “With the successful completion of the Train 2 trial we are now in great shape to receive shale gas from the US and to finally run the Grangemouth plant at full rates.”
The project will see Ineos acquire gas from the Marcellus Shale in Western Pennsylvania.
About the Ethane Supply Project at INEOS Grangemouth, Scotland
– Scotland’s biggest manufacturing complex
– TGE Gas Engineering constructed a 40 metre high ethane storage tank
– This is Europe’s biggest ethane storage tank
– The roof was successfully raised on the 10th July
– 60,000 cubic metre capacity
– It can store 33,000 tonnes of liquid gas
– New docks, and a new pipeline network has been built to receive the gas
– Shale gas will arrive in the second half of 2016 in new Dragon class ethane carriers