Date: 7th February 2013
Time: 15.25hrs

Statement – Fife Ethylene Plant

ExxonMobil can confirm that there has been a process upset on the feed treatment unit at the Fife Ethylene Plant. This will result in elevated flaring for approximately 48 – 72 hours.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience and concern to the local community and reassure them that there is no risk to local community or staff at the plant.

As per our normal emergency procedures, the emergency services have responded.

Further information will be made available as soon as possible.

Admin Note: Posted on behalf of ExxonMobil


  • 8th Feb 2013: SEPA have been making site visits and monitoring the situation from streets in Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath
  • A resident has reported that on the 9th February they had been informed that the flaring can last for up to another 78 hours
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  1. Fed-up L/gelly Resident

    February 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m sick fed-up of the flaring! Yet another ‘incident,’ yet another night of constant flaring lighting up all the bedrooms so we can’t get a decent nights sleep. Whilst I accept that flaring is required to stop an even worse situation, why are these so-called ‘incidents’ happening in the first place? As for apologising for any inconvenience or concern you may be causing us, there is never anything more than that. The light pollution is unacceptable, this constant flaring is disturbing our homes and our sleep. Even with the curtains closed it still lights up the whole room with pulsating light, its awful having to live with this! And yes, of course it causes concern to know that you’re having some sort of emergency or you wouldn’t be flaring in the first place! I appreciate that you will be doing your best to get the situation under control, but in the meantime we are suffering from your light pollution and knowing that the emergency services, etc. are on stand-by…in case of what? Between you and the wind turbines glinting in front of the flaring all through the night, its become unbearable living here at times!


    • concerned citizen

      February 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Were i to burn tyres in my garden on a monthly basis i am sure each and every incident would result in a visit from the environmental dept and desist notices and fines !
      on another subject who pays for all the time spent by the emergency services while attending the plant, not to mention the removal of local fire services required for the local communities, what impact does the stationing of teams at the moss during emergency (now standard operating procedures !) have on local response times in lochgelly/cowdenbeath etc should there be a house fire?


  2. concerned citizen

    February 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    when are they going to de-commision this site ?How long must the residents surrounding this plant put up with continuous breakdowns, triggering emergency procedures and flaring / noxious emissions, there is hardly a month goes by these days without some kind of problem and associated disruption to the community…close it now !


    • Fed-up L/gelly Resident

      February 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      we were promised they would decommission the plant after 25yrs, recently they were given the go-ahead for another 30yrs, can you believe it! Nobody ran it past the public or took into consideration all the stuff we’ve had to put up with all these years, and here we are again, another emergency, dante’s inferno!


  3. Jimmy McTavish

    February 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I like it! can we have more big lighties?


  4. chic

    February 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    i live in watson st cowdenbeath the closest area to mossmorran there was someone along the end of my road at 5am this morning (friday) montoring it and recording the noise.


    • joe s.

      February 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      some racket coming from it today! my house is vibrating with it! its about time we heard from our representatives as to why we are having to live with this constant flaring and noise. seems like the incident this time was a chemical leak and the plant had to shut down. makes you feel safe in your bed huh?


  5. Mark Hood

    February 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Called SEPA on Thursday evening as I had thought I had seen smoke coming from the flame (which is not suppose to happen). The SEPA rep was on site and said that she had not seen any smoke. When the SEPA reps were on site on Friday they checked gas and steam flows for the previous evening and they were okay, therefore it was unlikely that smoke had been produced. If you’ve seen any smoke during the flaring please let me know the time.

    I think it’s time we had real time air monitoring in Lochgelly, if as the reps of Exon and Shell have claimed its not necessary then we will very quickly be able to confirm that from the results. But until we have that assurance there will continue to be concerns within the community.


    • Lochgelly

      February 10, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Thank you for the update Mark. There was smoke from Mossmorran which we’ve reported to SEPA as well. We captured it on camera between 10pm-11pm, it was belching out. The video is being edited which will be uploaded later today, there is also various images on Twitter that caught the smoke. We’ll be seeking permission to republish them. All the info we collected we will pass on to SEPA.


  6. anon

    February 10, 2013 at 9:18 am

  7. Jim Cairns

    February 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Is this amount of noise coming from Mossmorran actially legal? This level of noise 24/7 wouldn’t be allowed anywhere else, why should we continue to be subjected to this treatment? 3 days and nights so far is too much!


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