Oil giant BP is expected to announce next week that it has awarded Finland’s IVO Energy the contract to build and operate a 130MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant at its Grangemouth chemical complex.
The oil company received planning consent for the project last week from the Scottish Office.
It was also granted permission by the DTIto burn gas for power generation.
Announcing this, trade secretary Peter Mandelson said the go-ahead for the project was consistent with the Government’s stricter policy towards such consents, because the scheme fell within the White Paper’s description of CHP plants. With such plants, environmental and other benefits can outweigh concerns about fuel diversification.