Flaring at Mossmorran chemical plant

22 May 2018

Article: 52/2010

The operators of a chemical plant in Fife have issued an apology after local communities complained of being disturbed by flaring.

Local people reported seeing bright flares and feeling ground vibrations. Seven fire engines were at the site near Cowdenbeath as a precaution for three hours on Saturday night.

ExxonMobil said flaring at Mossmorran was necessary because of a mechanical issue with a pump, but it was unable to predict precisely when it would return to normal operations. The company stated that the flare was essential to the site’s safety systems and there was no danger to local communities or employees.

ExxonMobil added that it was working closely with SEPA to resolve the issue.

Source: SEPA, 20 May 2018