Shell and ExxonMobil handed deadlines to cut flaring

The operators of two major chemical installations have been given formal legal instruction to minimise flaring and reduce noise and pollution when it does happen.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) issued the variations to the pollution prevention and control permits for the twin ExxonMobil and Shell sites in Mossmorran, Fife last week, as it had announced earlier.

Shell’s Fife NGL plant fractionates natural gas into tradable products such as ethane and butane. ExxonMobil’s closely linked Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) uses the ethane to produce ethylene. Both have long been the subject of public complaint due the frequency and length of flaring, which causes night-time light, roaring noise and vibration.

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