Statement on Grangemouth closure – Ed Davey

Today the INEOS announced that the Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland is to close.

Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said:

“I am saddened to hear of INEOS’ plans to place petrochemicals business into administration, particularly because of the impact it will have on the workforce and local community. 

“While respecting INEOS’ right to make this decision, it is regrettable that both parties have not managed to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement that delivers a viable business model for the plant. 

“Even at this late stage, I urge INEOS to continue dialogue with the workforce, and Government will offer help and support with this. 

“INEOS have informed us that the refinery will stay open and the management wish to restart full operations as soon as possible. 
“We stand ready to help with discussions between the management and the union to ensure this can happen. 

“Fuel supplies continue to be delivered as usual and there is no current risk of disruption to supplies. 

“I continue to work very closely with the Scottish Government, and other colleagues across Government to share information with them.”


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