Environment officers monitor Mossmorran flare after severe weather

Plant’s power supply hit
Mossmorran startedf to flare in the early hours of today (Pic: Craig Lawson)Mossmorran startedf to flare in the early hours of today (Pic: Craig Lawson)
Mossmorran startedf to flare in the early hours of today (Pic: Craig Lawson)

Scotland’s environment regulator has sent officers to Mossmorran to assess the impact of last night’s elevated flare.

Fife Ethylene Plant suffered a loss of power during the severe thunderstorms which swept across the region.

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It is working to restore normal operations, and has apologised to local communities for the impact.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has sent officers to the area to monitor the situation.

Neale Hanvey, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, has also been briefed on the flaring.

He said: “Amidst the thunderstorm last night, there was a need for elevated flaring at Mossmorran.

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“Whilst this is regrettable, we must remember that short-term elevated flaring is an important safety measure and as I understand it, flaring was initiated in line with safety and operational procedures.

“The impact of last night’s storm has led to significant disruption this morning – as we’ve seen from the scenes at Pettycur Bay and Victoria Hospital car park, among others. Mossmorran is no different.

“The job now, at Mossmorran, and across Fife, is to tackle the damage caused by the flooding, lightning strikes and their impact on water and electricity supplies.

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