The resurrection of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant from the ashes of a bitter industrial dispute could be the catalyst for Scotland to embrace the shale gas revolution, the Scottish Conservatives said today.
As part of the deal agreed to keep the refinery open, Grangemouth will now depend heavily on shale gas shipped in from the US.
Murdo Fraser, MSP, Energy spokesman for the Scottish Tories in the Holyrood parliament, responded to a ministerial statement on the situation by suggesting that Scotland should produce its own form of the energy which could be processed at the Ineos plant. He said:
“Experts have already suggested much of Scotland could be ripe for fracking, the discovery of which would attract thousands of jobs and boost the economy significantly.
“The emergence of a new source would also provide a long-term competitor to North Sea oil, and a more reliable alternative than windfarms.”
The Grangemouth petrochemical plant’s future will depend on the importation of huge quantities of shale gas across the Atlantic from the US. It would secure the long-term future of the plant if it could rely on a domestic source of shale gas – and that’s something the Scottish Government should be encouraging.
“Not only would embracing fracking enhance Grangemouth’s prospects, it would create a significant number of new jobs in energy in Scotland, meaning we could establish ourselves as a shale gas hub just as we have with oil”
- Dart Energy is seeking planning permission to mine coal-bed shale gas at Airth.