Grangemouth Renaissance

The Grangemouth site continues to evolve, driven by a spirit of continuous improvement enabled by a skilled pool of local and international talent. Each year we continue to invest and innovate, rejuvenating the facilities and improving productivity, as we drive emissions efficiency.

The Journey to Net Zero

INEOS Grangemouth continues to benefit from significant investment that heralds a new generation of clean, efficient petrochemicals manufacture. Investment that creates jobs directly for 2,000 INEOS/Petroineos employees while supporting jobs at local suppliers and contractors that represent a further 10,000+ jobs bringing direct benefits to the Scottish and UK economies.

The Grangemouth site has a rich heritage and a history of engineering breakthroughs that continue to this day. The presence at the site dates back to the 1920s, and today INEOS has the responsibility to ensure that Grangemouth is fit for the next generation – an era in which sustainability and success continue to go hand-in-hand.

Since acquiring the diverse array of facilities and functions INEOS has been rejuvenating operations to drive efficiency, increase productivity and reduce emissions from the combined operations. Over £1bn has already been invested in the plant and its infrastructure, and we are spending in the region of £1bn on further improvements to the site.

INEOS are committed to Grangemouth’s future. We are working together with the Scottish Government towards net zero– creating new opportunities, protecting jobs, and investing in innovation across our operations.

Evolving for a new generation

North Sea Gas production declined by 60% over the last decade, demanding that we enable a new secure source of our basic raw material (ethane) from outside the UK.

The transformational value of the £450m investment in the Ethane Supply Project secured Grangemouth’s future and simultaneously drove down GHG emissions associated with the manufacture of every tonne of our core products.
Operational reliability goes hand-in-hand with process efficiency. Our investments in infrastructure and the talent to run these state of the art plants means that we are driving down emissions year-on-year, creating a sustainable future for the site.

Our Renaissance has turned around the fortunes of the site, enabling the continuing recruitment and training of the next generation of skilled employees required to maintain our long-term presence in Grangemouth and to provide the products necessary for manufacturing in Scotland, the UK and beyond.


Grangemouth is characterised by progressive change, driven by new technologies, new investments and new solutions to new challenges – this is a heritage that INEOS embraces and that drives our ambitions.

We share the vision of all our stakeholders, including the Scottish and UK Governments, of a pathway that guides us to evolve and continue to drive efficient operations on a shared obligation to meet the Paris Climate Change agreement.

This is “Our journey to net zero”.

The Grangemouth site has begun a new chapter in our Renaissance. We continue to invest in “future-proofing” our manufacturing facilities, building a renewed modern infrastructure that rests securely on the foundations of our past. This enables us to simultaneously look forwards and build the next generation of engineering talent driving continued economic success.

Our mission protects the long-term value and advances the investment potential of Grangemouth. We are creating a global chemical and sciences manufacturing centre of excellence, driving innovation for Scotland. We believe that the “Just Transition” will transform the industrial landscape of Scotland, securing competitive advantage and opportunity for new technologies and new partners to relocate and invest on the Grangemouth site.
INEOS Grangemouth will build on a Century of Progressive Change, continuing a journey of transformation that leads to brighter futures for all our stakeholders. At every step in our journey, innovation and technology have been and will remain the twin turbines of manufacturing progress and economic prowess. These strengths characterise and reflect the tenacity and ingenuity of our people, both local and international, who make it happen.

In the last 3 years, we have announced investments in the Grangemouth facilities of around £1 billion. These investments will rejuvenate the pipeline system that brings North Sea Oil to the processing plants where it is transformed from crude oil into valuable fuels and chemicals as well as upgrade many of our existing plants. The investments will continue to advance our capabilities to transform raw materials into the safe and sustainable products that serve modern society creating meaningful benefits for people in their everyday lives.

INEOS is committed to being a good neighbour to the people of the local communities in Grangemouth, Falkirk and Bo’ness – we count on local people to staff our facilities, whether they are direct employees or working for the many local contractors who are our partners in progress. These investments also allow them to plan for a productive future.


A huge part of our net zero Roadmap is our investment in this state-of-the-art future-ready energy plant. When commissioned it will and allow us to replace technology which is no longer efficient nor ready to take us on the journey to net zero.

The NEP project creates an energy transition bridge from the past to the future; the state-of-the-art power plant will replace aging infrastructure that has been providing steam and power to the refinery and petrochemical plants for well over 40 years. The fuel source will be mixed gas, sourced from within the Grangemouth Complex via pipe infrastructure. The design criteria provides the option to use hydrogen. A zero carbon fuel that is expected to become increasingly commonplace as new investment in the UK-wide hydrogen infrastructure increases availability.

The complex pre-assembled units at the heart of the NEP are being constructed using the very latest engineering designs. INEOS process architects have used extensive computer simulation to create an efficient energy facility that will reduce emissions across the Grangemouth facilities.

Though the COVID19 pandemic has slowed our plans, work continues and 3D simulations are already helping us design continuous improvement into our future operations. Construction is now scheduled to complete in 2023, with a peak workforce of around 300 skilled workers as final construction integrates the facility into the existing infrastructure.

Emissions reduction in a full year of operations are envisaged as being 200,000 tonnes CO2e per annum.


During 2015 INEOS unveiled plans to build a new state of the art business HQ in Grangemouth as part of an ongoing investment in its 1,700 acre estate. In the space of just twelve months the construction phase was completed and the building keys handed over.

The new £20m building was designed by one of Scotland’s leading architectural practices, Michael Laird Architects, and was built by BAM Construction.

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Providing high quality office space over four floors, for the first time in many years, the business at Grangemouth has now brought its employees together in a way that suits the new business operation. It will improve productivity and collaboration with a single office that is built for today’s business needs.

The HQ building includes meeting rooms and conference facilities located on the ground floor, and three floors of open plan office space above. The investment is good for INEOS and the local businesses that have benefited from the investment and the long-term, skilled jobs at the site. And along with the construction of the new building, INEOS is also undertaking a programme of clearing the site of old unused buildings and decommissioned plants.


Faced with the challenge of meeting a decline in gas from the North Sea, our key petrochemical feedstock (down 60% in the last 10 years) and with no additional raw materials currently available locally, the Grangemouth site is now benefiting from the significant investment of £450m by INEOS to build a storage facility and gas import terminal to bring in shale gas ethane from the USA. Even after factoring in the transportation costs of shipping the shale gas ethane across the Atlantic, it is providing a competitive source of sufficient raw material.

In addition, the quantity of US ethane being imported is now enabling the ethylene cracker (KG) at Grangemouth to return its throughput from less than half of its capacity to full rates.

The Grangemouth facility has one of only four gas crackers in Europe capable of using ethane gas to manufacture ethylene. The Grangemouth ethane supply project completed in Q3 2016 was identical to the one the company previously completed in 2015 at its Rafnes facility in Norway where INEOS had successfully invested in new infrastructure allowing it to bring in ethane gas from the USA.

Ethane Project

To enable the site to import and make use of advantaged feedstock (ethane) from the North American shale gas fields, a 60 000 cubic metre ethane storage tank was constructed at the Grangemouth site. Together with associated import infrastructure including pipework and modifications to the existing jetty, this significant project was completed during 3Q 2016 and received support from the Governments in Holyrood and Westminster.


Over the course of the project lifetime, hundreds of jobs were created as contracts were tendered and awarded and more than 2 million work hours expended. These included contracts to build the ethane tank and the associated import terminal.

The project has returned the Grangemouth site to profitability helping to secure its long term operation, protecting the viability of its businesses and the many direct and indirect jobs that the site provides. Furthermore many manufacturing businesses across the UK can rely on high quality raw materials made in Scotland.

Long-term contracts (15 years) are in place with suppliers to pipe ethane from the shale fields in the US to purpose-built export facilities on the East and Gulf coasts of America. From here the gas is being shipped across the Atlantic in a fleet of eight specially designed Dragon-class ships commissioned by INEOS. These ships are delivering ethane to both Rafnes and Grangemouth.


INEOS raises the roof on Europe's biggest ethane tank

Dragon Ships to Grangemouth

INEOS Grangemouth's arrival of the Dragon Ship

The inaugural delivery of US shale ethane arrived into Grangemouth on 28th September 2016. The fleet of eight Dragon ships has established a ‘virtual’ pipeline across the Atlantic from the shale gas fields in North America to Scotland’s largest chemical manufacturing site - enabling us to operate our ethylene plant at full rates.

These regular shipments from the US will provide on-going supplies of vital feedstock to our petrochemical plants and breathe life back into the Grangemouth site. Each Dragon Ship brings with it 27 500 cubic metres of liquid ethane at -90degC.

Ethylene is a key building block for the petrochemical industry and thereby critical to supporting the manufacturing industries in the UK. From the construction industry through to automotive, high-tech and high-spec industries, the ethylene manufactured by us in Scotland is used in almost every aspect of modern life. With out it, the world would be a much colder and darker place.