The Fife Ethylene Plant, at the Mossmorran petrochemical complex, started elevated flaring, sometime around 4:30pm (05/12/12), after a minor gas leak was discovered on site.

The gas leak required the plant to start the shut down procedure, causing elevated flaring, as staff provide an on-going repair on the leak.

The emergency services were called out to the site as a precautionary measure, but were in the process of being stood down, by around 5:30pm.

The plant is now being shut down to allow staff to carry out repairs. This will result in elevated flaring during the shut down procedure. An update regarding the expected duration of the flaring is expected tomorrow.

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  1. Helen (Lochgelly)

    December 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Mossmorran sent out a report to say it was a minor gas leak, funny how their report conflicts with SEPA! Either way I’m sick fed-up of the flaring, and all the worry it causes!!!


    • John

      December 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Helen, don’t worry about flaring. It is both one of the safest and one of the most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of leaked/waste gas. Without flaring chemical plants would much more dangerous and more environmentally damaging than they are at curent.


      • J. Hill

        December 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

        @John. “Without flaring chemical plants would much more dangerous and more environmentally damaging than they are at curent.” Yes, I acknowledge the plant has to flare to avoid a more serious incident, this does not reduce the fact that the flaring is occuring to avoid a more serious incident! How many ‘serious incidents’ have we had over the years, and apparently still having? I for one wonder about the safety of the emissions, there is also a detrimental effect regarding light and noise pollution. Can I also point out that the emergency services where called in. I have full sympathy for the worry and concerns of the local residents.


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