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Air Products Air Separation Plant

Air Products is proposing to build a state-of-the art production plant in Alloa, on brownfield, industrial land.

Bringing new investment into the area, the proposed plant will separate air into oxygen, nitrogen and argon that will support world-leading glass container manufacturer, O-I. It will also serve the needs of hospitals and local manufacturing companies serving industries such as food and beverages, metal and welding. The project will create up to 100 jobs during its construction and 10 permanent jobs once it becomes operational, as well as a number of apprenticeship training programmes. 

Intended Construction Works

Please find below the intended construction activities to the end of September 2023. Due to the complexity and duration of this construction project dates are subject to change and this information is provide an indication of our forthcoming activities. Any updates will be captured within the Air Products Project website detailed above and included within the next Quarterly Notification of Continued Construction Works to be distributed in September 2023.
Month Activities
April 2023

Foundation works continue

Underground drainage works commence

Entrance road widening works completed

May 2023

Foundation works continue

Crane Erection / rental period of critical crane (including weekend works on 06th / 07th May and 20th / 21st May)

Mobilisation of ME&I Contractor for Cold Box Dressing

Structural steel erection commences

Critical equipment deliveries

 June 2023

Foundation works continue

Structural steel erection continues

Piping installation commences

Electrical & Instrumentation installation commences

Critical equipment installation

Critical crane demobilised from site

Civil roadways and site finishing

 July 2023

Foundation works continue

Structural steel erection continues

Piping installation continues

Electrical & Instrumentation installation continues

Installation of cooling towers commences

Civil roadways and site finishing continues

 August 2023

Installation of compressors commences

Equipment installation continues

Piping installation continues

Electrical & Instrumentation installation continues

Civil roadways and site finishing continues

 September 2023

Installation of compressors commences

Equipment installation continues

Piping installation continues

Electrical & Instrumentation installation continues

Civil roadways / site finishing and landscaping continues

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Who is Air Products

Air Products is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for 80 years, focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets.
You use our products every day but perhaps don’t realise it. That’s because our products go into the products you use, not directly onto the shelves at your supermarket or in the shopping centre near your home. For example, our nitrogen is used for freezing food; our helium for MRI scanners; our hydrogen for transport; our carbon dioxide for food and drinks; our oxygen for industry and medical oxygen for hospitals.
Air Products’ purpose is to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world.
Air Products is an industry leader in safety and world-leading oxygen supplier, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. We currently own and operate over 300 air separation plants in over 40 countries worldwide. In addition to our own plants, we have sold, designed and built over 1000 air separation plants globally. This is tried and tested technology.
We have operated in the UK for over 60 years. In Scotland, we have significant operations in Aberdeen and Glasgow, as well as having for many years operated an air separation plant at Cumbernauld. Wherever we operate, we have a strong commitment to the environment, safety and the communities within which we operate. More details can be found on our Sustainability website.

Working With Us

At Air Products, we look for people with a desire to work in a quality, safety focused and diverse environment. To build our state-of-the-art plant in Alloa, we will need up to 100 people and, once up and running, around 10 direct, permanent jobs will be created for its ongoing operation and maintenance of the facility.
We also understand the importance of allowing young people to gain valuable work experience and network with professionals as they build their career. That’s why we will offer internships and apprenticeships to help the next generation jumpstart their career as part of our professional team.
We will publicise all vacant positions locally when they become available.

Why Alloa?

When choosing the location, we took many factors into consideration, with the proposed site offering significant benefits:
  • Brownfield land next door to our primary customer, O-I
  • Other local markets close by.
  • Good electricity supply and transport links.
  • Availability of a skilled local workforce.

How will the proposed facility work?

Really, it’s just a matter of basic physics.

The air we breathe is principally made up of oxygen, nitrogen and argon. We separate these components into high purity products in plants called Air Separation Units (ASU). The purpose of these plants is to cool air to a liquid, then separate it efficiently into oxygen, nitrogen and argon, using a distillation process reminiscent of the production of whisky, but at very low temperatures.

The only emissions to air from the plant itself will be harmless components of input air that are not required, as well as water vapour from a cooling tower.


The Benefits

As well as creating much needed oxygen and other industrial gases that hospitals and local manufacturers will use in applications such as welding and food production, the facility will provide a number of other benefits to the region over its lifetime. These benefits include:

Investment in the local area

Provision of essential products to customers locally and across Scotland and beyond

Employment of up to 100 people during the facility’s construction

Creation of around 10 direct, permanent jobs for ongoing operation and maintenance of the facility, as well as internships and apprenticeships.

Potential opportunities for local suppliers

Regeneration and re-use of a redundant brownfield site

Listening to your views

At Air Products we work closely with local communities wherever we operate and are very much looking forward to being an important and constructive contributor to the success of Alloa.

Due to Covid, we are unable to organise an event physically in Alloa and will therefore be holding a webinar / drop-in session. This is an opportunity for you to comment on and influence the planning of this site. 

Webinar details
The webinar will run for 45 minutes between 19:00 and 19:45 on Wednesday, the 28th of July 2021.
The presentation will cover:
a brief introduction to Air Products 
a development overview

How to attend
Online - You can attend the webinar online using the Microsoft Teams App on your mobile device or on your computer using your usual internet browser. You will need an accessible email account to register using the online form that can be found here. Once you have registered, a link to access the webinar will be sent to your email.

Phone - You can also access the webinar audio by dialling in to: +44 20 3321 5233 and when asked for a conference ID please enter 885 991 796#. Once you have entered the Conference ID please do not select any further options and hold until you are connected to the webinar audio.
Please note that cameras and microphones for all attendees will be turned off. If you have any questions, please submit these to: airproductsfeedback@slrconsulting.com. We might not be able to answer all queries during the webinar, but we will address them as soon as possible.

We will be submitting a planning application to Clackmannanshire Council following the 12-week pre-application consultation, and this will again be open to public consultation as per the Council’s guidelines. If we secure planning consent, construction can begin at the end of 2021 with the facility open for commercial use in 2023.

For more information, please contact us at:
Air Products
2 Millennium Gate

For planning-related enquiries:
SLR Stirling
No. 50 Stirling Business Centre
Email: airproductsfeedback@slrconsulting.com

Feedback Form
We welcome your feedback. If you're unable to attend the event, you can also submit your feedback about the project via this Form.
Dear Residents Of Munro Place,

As discussed in our meeting in January we are committed to let you know when our application for hazardous substance consent is published 

The application has been registered and the public case file can be viewed online at https://publicaccess.clacks.gov.uk/publicaccess/refineSearch.do?action=refine you will need to enter the reference number 23/00034/HAZ in the search box. 

Public notices will appear in the Alloa Advertiser on 15/3/23 along with details of how to submit any response you might have.

Please submit any responses directly to Clackmannanshire Council in line with the statutory consultation process.