Grangemouth oil refinery gas leak sparks alert

Grangemouth refinery, where a small butane leak sparked a gas alert on Tuesday. Picture: Neil Hanna

Grangemouth refinery, where a small butane leak sparked a gas alert on Tuesday. Picture: Neil Hanna

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A GAS leak at the Grangemouth oil refinery has been dealt with after sparking a major safety alert.

The alarm was sounded around 10.45am on Tuesday after reports of a butane gas leak at the Ineos-owned Bo’ness Road complex prompted a full-scale response from the emergency services.

Pupils and teachers at nearby schools were told to remain indoors until the all-clear was given while a number of roads in the area were temporarily closed.

Site staff worked to secure the leak, and an in-house fire team dealt with what was described as a ‘small butane leak’.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police in Forth Valley Division and other emergency service colleagues were today involved in a multi-agency response at the Ineos site in Boness Road, Grangemouth following a leak of Butane Gas.

“There were no injuries and this did not present any wider risk to the public.”

An Ineos spokesperson added: “Ineos can confirm that an incident occurred at the Grangemouth site today. The incident management team was mobilised and are managing the incident.

“We detected a gas leak and as a precaution we asked police to close Bo’ness Road. All personnel have been accounted for.”

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