site spokesman said: "The emergency stop buttons are designed to shut down a piece of machinery or plant safely and efficiently, which is precisely what happened.
Pupils at primary and secondary schools in Grangemouth
were kept indoors at lunchtime as a precaution.
In response to the declining North Sea sources of hydrocarbons, Grangemouth
's owners Ineos have invested a reported $1bn in a fleet of eight 'Dragon' ships which form a virtual 'pipeline' to bring US gas to Grangemouth
for processing into various chemicals and plastics, saving this vital processing plant from closure.
There simply is insufficient raw material (oil and gas) coming out of the North Sea to run Grangemouth
so we're talking about 10,000 jobs in total that depend on that facility," Ratcliffe told BBC Radio Scotland.
Oil giant BP has been given the green light by Scottish ministers to build a new gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Kinneil oil terminal in Grangemouth
The site is undergoing a radical transformation with significant investment that will herald a new era in petrochemical manufacturing at Grangemouth
," commented John McNally, CEO INEOS Olefins and Polymers (O&P UK).
Via this transaction, Ineos will take over a natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant located at Grangemouth
is the owner of a petrochemicals facility in
HM Treasury on Thursday revealed that it will guarantee a GBP230m loan for Grangemouth
petrochemical plant in Scotland to build what is said to be Europe's largest ethane storage tank.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "There were clearly some very serious matters going on in Grangemouth
The company purchased the Grangemouth
Refinery and separate but linked petrochemical complex from BP in 2005.
Thus Unite general secretary Len McCluskey scuttled off after hearing that that INEOS, owners of the Grangemouth
petrochemical plant, preferred total closure than caving into union demands - a decision perhaps too simple to have been foreseen by Unite's devious finest.