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One of the top hazard sites in the UK

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Grangemouth is a home for 17,000 people and also one of Europe’s largest petrochemical complexes. It includes Scotland’s only oil refinery, run by Ineos. While there has so far not been a major disaster, the risk is ever present.

Hundreds of miles away, the Buncefield Oil Depot explosion in 2005 was the ‘biggest fire in post-war Europe’, according to the BBC. It raised concerns about the proximity of such sites to communities. The Director General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA), Chris Hunt, said the blast was “absolutely unprecedented”. Could an incident at Grangemouth one day set a new precedent?