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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Work starts on Scotland's 50 million specialist chemical and manufacturing park

Work has begun to develop what will become one of Scotland's most advanced and integrated specialist industrial parks for chemical, technology and manufacturing companies.

Earls Gate Park, a 50 million joint-arrangement development between Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and international chemical company KemFine, will provide unique accommodation for up to 20 businesses in the Grangemouth area.

The first phase of infrastructure work is starting this month with a new site access road being built. The 1.2 million contract to construct the road has been awarded to Realm Construction Ltd. of Lochgelly, part of the Purvis Group of Companies, and work is expected to be complete by October 2006, paving the way for the next phase of construction to begin.

The 30 acre development has been hailed as a unique offering in Scotland due to utilities which will be available to tenants such as KemFine's state of the art effluent treatment plant and combined heat and power station with motorway, rail and sea access.

Joint-arrangement partner, Kemfine, hopes to stimulate growth and improve the operational efficiency of the site. The project is expected to help safeguard the future of 650 existing jobs at the current companies operating on Kemfine's Grangemouth site with the potential to create up to 950 new jobs on the site.

Early indications are that the new industrial park will prove an exciting proposition for investment projects with two potential projects already in progress.

Tom Shields, managing director of Kemfine UK Ltd, commented: "Today is an important event in the ongoing development of Grangemouth as a key centre of industry and technology for the 21st century. This venture is an exciting way of creating wealth and generating new jobs by leveraging use of the high quality infrastructure and facilities that already exist on KemFine's Grangemouth site.

"I am delighted with the early success in attracting new tenants who wish to extend their business or move their operations to this welcoming environment for industry and technology."

Stuart Ogg, acting chief executive of SE Forth Valley, said: "This is a major milestone in the development and provision of high spec industrial premises for the chemical and manufacturing sector in the Grangemouth area.

"Grangemouth, identified as a key location in the Scottish Enterprise Strategic Investment Plan, has long been seen as the hub of Scotland's chemical industry. We hope this site encourages more investment from businesses operating in the sector who are looking to take advantage of the excellent cost effective utilities and lower cost environment without giving up their links to the cities or transport networks.

"Not only will this development provide valuable industrial premises for the sector but it will contribute significantly to the ten year regeneration initiative, My Future's In Falkirk."