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Major gas leak causes evacuation of 1,000 staff at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland

03 May 2017

A gas leak at Ineos's Grangemouth site caused the evacuation of 1,000 non-essential staff and the closure of local roads. Emergency services said there were no reports of any injuries. The incident was caused by a leak on a pipe carrying ethylene gas which was identified and isolated, Ineos said in a statement.

The Grangemouth site - Shutterstock
The Grangemouth site - Shutterstock

Earlier, the company said it had detected the leak on a pipeline inside its Kinneil Gas manufacturing plant at noon, prompting it to close a number of access gates and allow only essential personnel to enter the south side of the site.

Operations at the oil refinery were not impacted by the incident, Ineos said.

The Grangemouth site covers about 1,700 acres and employs more than 1,300 people in an oil refinery and petrochemical plant by the estuary of the River Forth in central Scotland.

According to its website, the Grangemouth site contributes 4% of Scottish gross domestic product and makes up approximately 8% of the country's manufacturing base. The site includes petrochemical plants and an adjacent oil refinery with a capacity to process about 200,000 barrels of crude per day.


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