View of BP oil refinery, Grangemouth

Grangemouth Town Council. Town Planning Officer
Production date
26 Nov 1973
View from the Jinkabout bridge showing cooling towers, flare stacks and chemical plants. Bridges carrying the road and a pipeline can be seen in the foreground. To the left is a stretch of the River Avon. The refinery is built on carseland which is flat.
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Production date
26 Nov 1973
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The refinery was built on farmland belonging to Easter, Mid and Wester Saltcoats Farms by Scottish Oils in 1924. Oil production from West Lothian shale was declining and an alternative source of crude had been identified in the Middle East.

By the late 1940s BP (successor of Scottish Oils) owned 160 hectares. An industrial plant and a new road were later built on the vacant land in the foreground. The former Central Scotland Airport was also built upon.
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