Grangemouth Oil Refinery

Energy Security and Net Zero – in the House of Commons at on 21 May 2024.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

What recent discussions she has had with trade unions on the future of Grangemouth oil refinery beyond 2025.

Photo of Claire Coutinho Claire Coutinho The Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero

My Department attended the Grangemouth industrial just transition leadership forum alongside Scotland Office Ministers and representatives of Unite the union on 28 March. We remain in close contact with the Scottish Government and the owner Petroineos. My hon. Friend the Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero met Scottish Government counterparts and Petroineos management on 15 May and raised the importance of working with the unions.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

Warm words are one thing; tangible support is quite another. If Grangemouth closes, Scotland faces the possibility—indeed, the probability—of being the only major oil producing nation without refinery capacity, yet €700 million has been found by the UK Government to support an Ineos plant in Antwerp while not a penny is available for Grangemouth. Is it to be a Brexit bonus for Belgian workers and a P45 for those Scots at the refinery?

Photo of Claire Coutinho Claire Coutinho The Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero

We are working with the Scottish Government and Petroineos to understand all possible options for the future of the refinery. I remind the hon. Gentleman that the Conservatives are the only major party who are backing the North sea, the biddings it brings in each year and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that it supports, while a new report last week showed that Labour’s plan could lose as many as 100,000 jobs in the next five years.