Oil giant BP plans to build a new power station at its Kinneil Oil Terminal near Bo’ness.
The gas fired combined heat and power unit will use dry gas already produced on site but currently surplus to existing requirements to generate all the electricity BP needs to operate the entire complex.
The BP Exploration Operating Company which runs the oil stabilisation plant has applied to the Scottish Government for planning permission – but Falkirk Council as the local planning authority has been consulted and will have to agree the details before it is allowed to go ahead.
It has been given until January 14 to respond to the proposals for the east side of Bo’ness Road, but is unlikely to object.
Established council policy is to support development which would safeguard the existing use of the site and its setting for industrial purposes.
Officers have already confirmed the application site is an appropriate location for the proposed CHP and recommended a number of conditions that should be imposed if Scottish Ministers grant a detailed permission for the development.
They include BP completing a noise survey to determine the impact the new power station could have on residential properties in the area and making sure construction traffic delivering abnormal loads have suitable access to the 4.5 hectare site.
The council will also require additional information regarding design, contamination, site restoration, drainage and flooding issues.