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INEOS To Rollout Innovative AI Technology At Grangemouth Kinneil Terminal
Petrochemical company INEOS have announced plans to use new artificial intelligence technology (AI) at its Kinneil Terminal in Grangemouth, as part of the efforts to reduce carbon emission levels. Hydrocarbon Engineering reports that INEOS have committed to reducing emissions at the plant by 60% by 2030.
The innovative software is designed to monitor energy use at the terminal, and will help to identify areas where fuel consumption could be reduced. It will provide real-time data and calculate large amounts of data to produce accurate information about where savings can be made.
Andrew Gardner, Chief Executive at INEOS FPS, commented: “The installation of the emissions.AI software takes energy management to a new level, that will lead to significant CO2 savings. We are committed to delivering our roadmap to net zero and see technology as a key enabler to achieving our decarbonisation goals.
He added: “Across our organisation we are embedding a culture of carbon awareness, including as part of daily operations. AI will assist our teams in unlocking immediate operational emissions savings by making emissions data instantly available to them.”
The Kinneil oil and gas processing plant currently processes millions of tonnes of chemical products annually, and produces 9 million litres of fuel per day. It has 1,650 employees, and is responsible for generating 4% of Scotland’s GDP. Products include petrol, diesel, heating oil, ethylene, propylene, and ethanol.
The site stores and transports oil and gas from the North Sea network, where it is processed and stabilised. The new technology should reduce the CO2 emissions at the site by 10%, with the potential for greater savings in the future.
Chris Ayres, Chief Customer Officer at OPEX, said: “Turning existing operational data into actionable emissions intelligence will give INEOS FPS’ teams access to the information they need to drive faster and better informed operational decisions, and get after day-to-day emissions savings opportunities.”
He added: “Data holds the key to empowering operations teams to contribute to decarbonisation targets. To gain a much deeper understanding of the emissions profile of their assets and identify the actions they can take to make a difference, today.”
The rollout is part of a wider £1bn investment to cut greenhouse emissions at the site, the BBC reports. Eventually the plant could be powered with hydrogen made from natural gas, and also capture carbon dioxide. The CO2 could then be stored under the North Sea, via the pipeline that runs from the site to St Fergus in Aberdeenshire.
INEOS claim that the site has already achieved a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions since 2015, and they have already invested £500m in green projects. In 2019, Grangemouth was still the largest climate polluter in Scotland, releasing 3.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The site is currently the main supplier of aviation fuel for Scotland’s’ airports, and a major supplier of petrol and diesel across Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Northern England. A new energy plant is due to be completed in 2023 which will reduce emissions by about 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
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