Grangemouth sites

Grangemouth Map

The Grangemouth area has a number of sites regulated by SEPA. Further details on each one, with a note of the site licence number, the activity that is carried out and any relevant notes is available below. The latest compliance results for each site licence be seen on our Compliance Assessment Scheme pages, you can search with the licence number provided. 

Large industrial sites

What regulations apply?

CalaChem Ltd, Petroineos Manufacturing Scotland Limited, INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth Ltd, Fujifilm Imaging Colourants Ltd, Syngenta Ltd and INEOS Forties Pipeline System (FPS) Ltd are all regulated under a combination of the following:

Other regulators

Large industrial sites are regulated by a number of organisations including the local authority, SEPA, and the Health and Safety Executive. We also consult with NHS Forth Valley, Health Protection Scotland, Scottish Water and Forth Ports in order to gain information and views to support our regulatory work.

Permits and installations

A PPC permit (or permits) is required when an activity (or activities) prescribed within the regulations is being undertaken at an installation. An installation may be a single site or a group of sites which rely on each other to operate and so may be permitted individually or as part of a group of sites (within an Installation separate legal entities or Operators hold Individual permits).

For example - the Ineos PPC installation consists of five permitted legal entities including the Forties Pipeline System terminal operated by Ineos FPS, the refinery operated by Petroineos, the chemicals facility operated by ICGL, the power station operated by Ineos Infrastructure Grangemouth Limited and the Combined Heat and Power Plant operated by Ineos CHP. Each permit references the other aspects of the installation however it only contains permit conditions relating to the activities carried out by that operator at that site. Similarly where a specialist company operates a power plant to provide steam to another operator this maybe a single operator; for example Versalis and Engie.

Sites around Earls Road

1. Calachem Limited 

Licence Number - PPC/A/1008834

Activity

  • Manufactures plant health products and biocides, produces organic chemicals and treats liquid hazardous waste in a biological effluent treatment plant.

Recent developments

  • Following assessment and review of the two biological filters used to treat odorous emissions from the effluent treatment plant, CalaChem have upgraded this system to ensure it delivers the maximum odour abatement which is practical. Additional improvements are planned in the medium term to further reduce odour emissions from the effluent treatment plant.
  • SEPA continues to work with CalaChem to ensure control systems at the effluent treatment plant are optimised to minimise the risk of abnormal plant conditions contributing to offsite odours.

2. Piramal Healthcare UK Ltd

Licence number - PPC/A/1008835

Activity - Chemicals

3. Fujifilm Imaging Colourants Ltd

Licence number - PPC/A/1005108

Activity -  Manufacture of organic chemicals

4. Syngenta Ltd

Licence number - PPC/A/1008733

Activity - Manufacture of organic chemicals

5. Veolia Combined Heat and Power Plant

Licence number - PPC/A/1008715

Activity - Supplies utilities to some Operators in the Earls Road area

Grangemouth petrochemical complex

6. Petroineos Manufacturing Scotland Limited (PIMSL)

Licence number - PPC/A/1013141

Activity

  • Operate the Grangemouth oil refinery to manufacture petrol, diesel, jet fuel and heating oils.
  • Crude oil received from the Ineos Forties Pipeline System (FPS) terminal or from import by ship and pipeline, is converted into products through distillation processes. A number of blending and treatment steps are then undertaken to produce the final products.
  • The refinery supplies fuels to all of Scotland, Northern Ireland and North-East England by road, rail and ship.

7. INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth Limited (ICGL)

Licence number - PPC/A/1088953

Activity

  • Operates plants within the Grangemouth petrochemical complex to manufacture ethylene, ethanol, polyethylene and polypropylene.
  • Ethane, received from the Ineos Forties Pipeline System (FPS) terminal or from import by ship, is converted into ethylene and other products by thermal cracking in the KG ethylene plant.
  • The products of the thermal cracking process are then separated and fed into other plants on the complex or distributed via the UK ethylene pipeline to other manufacturing plants in the UK.
  • ICGL operates two polymer plants manufacturing Polypropylene and Polyethylene respectively. Polymer pellets are exported from the site by road tanker to users and wholesalers. SEPA has worked with pellet producers over a long period of time to ensure that the risk of pellet loss into the environment in Grangemouth and hence to the River Forth is minimised.
  • The site environmental permit includes conditions requiring the Operator to monitor for pellet loss and for them to action should any pellets be identified. SEPA will continue to inspect pellet management on the site as an important aspect of ICGL’s environmental performance.
  • ICGL have voluntarily taken action independently and through Operation Cleansweep to review opportunities for further pellet management both by themselves and their supply chain.
  • A separate plant manufactures ethanol by hydration of ethylene.

Recent developments

  • Recently applied for planning permission to build an additional furnace (although this will not increase the number of furnaces running at any one time or the permitted capacity of the plant).

8. Ineos Forties Pipeline System (FPS) Limited

Licence number - PPC/A/1013107

Activity

  • Ineos FPS Limited operates plants within the Grangemouth petrochemical complex producing crude oil and gas (ethane, propane and butane). 
  • Unstablised crude oil is received from the North Sea oil platforms via the Forties Pipeline System into the Kinneil terminal at Grangemouth. The terminal separates water and gas from the crude oil to produce stabilised crude oil. Some of the oil is stored on site and is used by the adjacent Petroineos oil refinery. Whilst the majority is piped to the Dalmeny storage terminal, near Edinburgh and exported via Ship at Hound Point in the Firth of Forth near South Queensferry.
  • The separated gas is refined at Kinneil terminal into gas products ethane, propane and butane. The latter two are refrigerated and stored at Grangemouth docks as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prior to export by ship. The ethane gas is piped to the adjacent ethylene cracker operated by Ineos Chemicals.  

Recent developments

  • The permit for this installation is currently being reviewed.  This will be completed in 2019 as required by the EU Industrial Emissions Directive. The latter has been implemented via the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and SEPA are responsible for enforcing the Directive through the Regulations.
  •  As part of the review, the effluent (wastewater) from the Kinneil Terminal is in the process of being treated via the sewage works at Kinneil operated by Scottish Water. This will improve the treatment of the effluent prior to discharge in to the River Forth and secure compliance with the Directive requirement to use the Best Available Technique (BAT).
  • SEPA is regulating Ineos FPS to secure improvements in the reliability and availability of ground flares and adoption of other techniques, recognised as Best Available Techniques, at Kinneil Terminal. The proposed investments in operating this installation, and specifically in improving environmental compliance, are very significant and will be controlled via the permit to operate issued by SEPA.

9. Grangemouth Combined Heat and Power

Licence number - PPC/A/1013071

Activity - Combined Heat and Power Plant providing steam to other areas of the complex

10. INEOS Infrastructure (Grangemouth) Ltd

Licence number - PPC/A/1090147

Activity - Provides power to other areas of the complex.

Versalis installation

11. ENGIE FM Limited

Licence number - PPC/A/1005112

Activity – supplies steam to Versalis

12. Versalis UK Ltd

Licence number - PPC/A/1005110

Activity – manufactures rubber products

 

All other sites


13. Dalderse Waste Water Treatment Works, Abbots Road

Dalderse Waste Water Treatment Works, Abbots Road, Falkirk

Licence number - WML/E/0020163 and CAR/L/1003809

Activity

  • Waste transfer station;
  • Sludge digestion and sewage treatment.

Other regulators

  • Any odours from sewage treatment works are regulated by Environmental Health, Falkirk Council

14. Aggregate Ind UK, Earlsgate

Aggregate Ind UK, Earlsgate

Licence number- PPC/B/1027946

Activity

  • Storing, loading or unloading cement ,Coating road stone with tar or bitumen.

15. Thornbridge Sawmills

Thornbridge Sawmills

Licence number - PPC/B/1014378

Activity

  • Manufacturing wood products

16. Autopoint Car Breakers

Autopoint Car Breakers

Licence number - WML/E/0020154

Activity

  • End of life vehicles
  • Waste transfer station
  • Accepts and depollutes waste vehicles.

17. KDC Contractors – mobile plant

KDC Contractors – mobile plant

Licence number - WML/L/1019819

Activity

  • Treatment of contaminated materials such as soil, mud, sludges and dredgings.
  • Mobile plant used off site but registered at this address.

18. Foundry Steels

Foundry Steels

Licence number - WML/E/0000040

Activity 

  • Metal recycler
  • Waste transfer station: keeps and treats waste

Other regulators

  • Noise from site is regulated by Environmental Health, Falkirk Council

19. Fleming Buildbase

Fleming Buildbase

Licence number - PPC/B/1018510

Activity

  • Manufacturing wood products.
  • Preserving wood or wood products wood with chemicals.

 

 

20. International Timber Ltd

International Timber Ltd

Licence numbers - PPC/B/1000122 and PPC/A/1136662

Activity

  • Manufacturing wood products
  • Preserving wood or wood products wood with chemicals

21. Falkirk Council gully waste transfer station

Falkirk Council Gully Waste Transfer Station

Licence number - WML/L/1025623

Activity

  • Waste transfer station

 

22. ASDA PVR (Petrol Vapour Recovery)

ASDA Petrol Vapour Recovery, Shore Road

Licence number - PPC/B/1015876

Activity

  • The unloading of petrol into stationary storage tanks and Motor vehicle refuelling activities

23. Forth Ports Ltd dry bulk store, Central Dock Rd

Forth Ports Ltd dry bulk store, Central Dock Road

Licence number - PPC/B/1141801

Activity

  • Processing, storage or drying by heat of any part of a dead animal or of vegetable matter

Of note

  • Relatively new site, no plans for further development at present.

Other regulators

  • Any odours associated with transportation to or from the facility are regulated by Environmental Health, Falkirk Council.

24. Forth Parts Limited - docks coal loading

Forth Parts Limited - docks coal loading

Licence number - PPC/B/1018509

Activity

  • Loading or unloading petroleum coke, coal, coke or any other coal product

Note

  • Permit not currently in use but retained by operator in case it is required.

25. Bowhouse Laundry

Bowhouse Laundry

Licence number - PPC/B/109495

Activity

  • Dry cleaning

 

26. BP Refinery Petrol Station

BP Refinery Petrol Station

Licence number - PPC/B/1013746

Activity

  • The unloading of petrol into stationary storage tanks

27. Green Circle Recycling Ltd, Abbotsinch Rd

Green Circle Recycling Ltd, Abbotsinch Rd

Licence number - WML/E/0120034

Activity

  • Waste transfer station

28. Caltech Industrial Services

Caltech Industrial Services

Licence number - WML/E/0220106

Activity

  • Waste transfer station

 

29. Feralco UK Ltd, North Shore Rd

Feralco UK Ltd, North Shore Road

Licence number - PPC/E/0020027

Activity

  • Producing inorganic chemicals

30. Biomar Ltd, North Shore Rd

Biomar Ltd, North Shore Road

Licence number - PPC/E/0020080 and PPC/B/1103138

Activity

  • Treatment and processing for the production of food or feed animal raw materials (in this case fish based)

Note

  • The site is carrying out improvement works through upgrading and replacement of existing structures.

Other regulators

  • Any odours associated with transportation to or from the facility are regulated by Environmental Health, Falkirk Council.

31. Forth Ports Grangemouth Solid Recovered Fuel Store (non-operational)

Forth Ports Grangemouth Solid Recovered Fuel Store (not currently operating)

Licence number- WML/L/1101538

Activity

Waste transfer station: Solid Recovered Fuel

Note

Not currently operating [need wording]

32. Petroineos Manufacturing Scotland Ltd road loading terminal

Petroineos Manufacturing Scotland Ltd road loading terminal

Licence number - PPC/B/1017651

 

33. NuStar Grangemouth Ltd, PVR

NuStar Grangemouth Ltd, Petrol Vapour Recovery

Licence number - PPC/B/1013735, CAR/L/1001367

Activity

  • The unloading of petrol into stationary storage tanks.
  • NuStar stores petroleum products and chemicals at their terminal within the Port of Grangemouth.

  • As well as being inspected by the COMAH Competent Authority under the Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) regulations, the site holds a CAR authorisation for the storage and onward distribution of oil.

Note

  • Under SEPA's Compliance Assessment Scheme, a significant number of lower risk activities are not assessed annually, and inspection frequency varies from once every two to once every five years.

34. Kinneil Kerse Sewage Treatment Works Sludge Dryer

Kinneil Kerse Sewage Treatment Works Sludge Dryer

Licence number - WML/E/0020210 and CAR/L/1015407

Activity

  • Waste transfer station
  • Sewage treatment

Other regulators

  • Any odours from sewage treatment works are regulated by Environmental Health, Falkirk Council

35. DKL Metals

DKL Metals

Licence number - PPC/A/1152265

Activity

  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products

Note

  • New site in application process.
  • Small scale, custom metals production.

36. Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited

Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited

Licence number - PPC/A/1575446

Currently under construction. During the construction period this site is regulated by Falkirk Council.

37. Celtic Renewables – planning only

Celtic Renewables – planning only

The operator has not applied for any licences from SEPA.

For planning information contact Falkirk Council.