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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:06 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

If your ever in Grangemouth its worth a trip to the visitors centre to see the displays they have on show.
The forties field is the main source of oil to the refinery and the displays show how this crude is made into all the different products..ie diesel ,petrol,aviation fuel,sulpher etc.They basicly "boil" the crude and the vapours go up those towers you see on the refinery and at different temperatures ie deisel gets seperated from crude at about 200-350 degrees.. they all seperate and go down various pipes for further processing before becoming a finished product.Most of the "smoke" that you see is actully water vapour or condensate/steam from the vast cooling water system required in the process
The display also has a vast amount of old photographs showing the refinery in its early days when it was a small place extracting oil from local shale
A company called Scottish oils owned the refinery in the twenties part of the Anglo Persian oil company which later became BP

Picture shows the furnaces that boil the oil,the distilation columns and the cooling water towers with condensate/steam everywhere
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Kev the visitor centre was closed.....  

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods


Grangemouth by David Laurie, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I've lived in the Falkirk Area since 1994. Although it's still known locally as the 'BP' Grangemouth, it has gone through several change of Owners and is now Ineos, who are hoping to change from North Sea Oil, which isn't 'impure' enough so fewer byproducts can be made from it - to Shale Gas Oil, to be imported by sea by tankers from America, as there is a moratorium covering Scotland on 'Fracking' (which didn't stop 16 exploratory Shale Gas wells being sunk in this area.)

If Grangemouth converts to Shale Gas, then we go full circle as the World's first oil refinery was at Bathgate, West Lothian where shale mined in local mines was 'cracked' in various Refineries to produce various products including oil. The Industry collapsed in the 1960s thanks to the import of cheaper American oil. Now America has perfected Shale Gas Oil production - with help from Scotland in the shape of a special pump designed by Weirs of Cathcart - so will the collapse of our own modern Oil Industry follow?

A feature of the Refinery not mentioned but visible in the photos are the flares, some of the byproducts are so volatile that they are burnt off 24/7. They light up the sky at night and as a steam jet is fed into the flare at the top of the stack, at times the noise can be heard miles away.

Another feature is the heat byproduct from the Plant which keeps Grangemouth free of snow, so the snow clearance equipment for the Falkirk Area is kept there. The High Flats at Callander Park, Falkirk are also heated by hot water piped from the Grangemouth complex.


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I should have mentioned that you need to be careful if you want to take photographs near the Plant. It's not allowed and Security will stop you.
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Moved to and lived there for 12 years 1967-1979...Got a lot of happy memories of growing up in Grangemouth. 67 Strowan Rd, a stones throw from the Refinery.

Used to play around the old aircraft hangers, which are still there. One of the hangers was used by a construction company called weights. The other was used to store pallets of plastic pellets. Duncan adams transport was also located in one of the side buildings attached to the hangers. There was also a heavy goods lorry maintenance depot...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

IBrown wrote:
I should have mentioned that you need to be careful if you want to take photographs near the Plant. It's not allowed and Security will stop you.


But do security have that right? If you are in a public place....
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Stuball wrote:
IBrown wrote:
I should have mentioned that you need to be careful if you want to take photographs near the Plant. It's not allowed and Security will stop you.


But do security have that right? If you are in a public place....


They are not security in the normal sense  


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