‘Monitoring’ Grangemouth situation

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Certas Energy, formally known as GB Oils and parent company of Scottish Fuels which supplies fuel to the Western Isles, say they are ‘monitoring the situation closely’ at the Grangemouth Oil Refinery.

This morning a spokesperson for the company said: “We are monitoring the situation closely and are exploring contingency plans should the need arise.”

It has been reported today that the petrochemical plant at the Grangemouth is to close.

A Comhairle spokesperson said: “Our understanding is that the distribution of fuel is currently not an issue for the Highlands and Islands.”

He added: “Together with our partners, we are in regular contact with the Scottish Government and are continuing to monitor the ongoing position.”

First Minister Alex Salmond commented on the closure: “This announcement by INEOS is hugely disappointing. It is, however, the position we always feared as it became apparent that the stalemate was not going to be broken.

“It has been a growing danger since the plant was shut down last week and the emergence of a virtual deadlock between workers and management over the weekend. This is the outcome that matches our worst fears which is why we urged getting the plant fired up instead of lying cold.”

He continued: “In preparing for this extremely difficult position we have been pursuing the contingency of potential buyers – we will now be actively exploring this as the main option as a matter of urgency.”