Ineos to use hydrogen to power its Grangemouth plant

INEOS says it will convert its vast Scottish petrochemicals plant and oil refinery at Grangemouth to run on hydrogen at a cost of more than 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion) to make it ‘net zero’ for carbon emissions by 2045.

Britain has a target to reach net zero by 2050 and has significantly reduced emissions from power generation, but has found it harder to cut industry’s carbon footprint.

Andrew Gardner, Chairman of INEOS Grangemouth said the company would initially use gas to produce its own hydrogen on site, so-called blue hydrogen, with at least 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) stored and captured by 2030.

“The next stage would be using green hydrogen,” Gardner told Reuters, to bring the entire site to net zero by 2045.

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Popular Outlander film location reopens

A Scottish castle made internationally famous through the hit TV show Outlander has reopened after closing its doors during the pandemic .

Midhope Castle in South Queensferry, on the edge of the private Hopetoun Estate, is best known by Outlander fans as the ancestral home Jamie Fraser , played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan , who was recently touted as the next James Bond .

Despite its popularity with tourists, the a 16th-century tower house did not escaped the impact of Covid and closed to visitors last year .

The historic site was used as an exterior film setting during both season one and two of the show, used to represent Outlander’s Broch Tuarach.

Plans were recently unveiled that could see the refurbishment of the castle with visitor rooms and the development of a new whisky distillery built near the castle. Outlander whisky anyone ?