Surrounded by the oil and gas industry on three sides, the town of Grangemouth is almost invisible on the horizon. The Ineos Oil Refinery and associated plant have constant plumes of steam, and flares which light up the sky nearly every night.
The town of Grangemouth developed from a port town, with workers moving to the area to work for the oil and chemical industries in the 1950’s and 60’s. In the 1970s and 80’s the town was known as Scotland’s Boom Town with the discovery of North Sea Oil.
Today, the workforce in the industry is reduced to the bare minimum and contractors are shipped in for maintenance. Residents no longer benefits from having the industry as its next door neighbour.