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Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay Complexes

Mossmorran is situated near Cowdenbeath, 20km north of Edinburgh. The Mossmorran complex consists of two neighbouring plants: the Fife Natural Gas Liquids (FNGL) Plant operated by Shell U.K. Limited and the Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) operated by ExxonMobil Chemical Limited.

Latest update

Shell FNGL community notice

Date published: 15 March 2024

The following community notice has been shared with SEPA regarding planned works at the Shell-operated Fife NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) plant.

"On Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March we will carry out routine maintenance of important safety equipment at site.

"In order for this work to be completed safely we need to remove the hydrocarbons from some of our tanks which may result in periods of flaring from our elevated flare stack during this time. We do not expect each period to be for more than a few hours and as usual, we will prioritise the use of the ground flares to minimise the impact on the community where possible."

SEPA expects the operator to make every effort to minimise the level and duration of the flaring and minimise any noise from this activity where possible.

More information, including contact details for the Shell Fife NGL plant, is provided on the community notices section of their website.

Members of the public who are concerned about a potential pollution issue should contact our pollution hotline using our online reporting form. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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What we have done

We continue to monitor air quality and noise in community locations. Communities around the Mossmorran Complex are now able to see the air quality in their area in close to real time, with the launch of our new monitoring network.

It follows on from community participation in the design of a new air quality monitoring network, and a refreshed online regulatory hub designed to make it easier than ever to find information about our regulation of the Fife Natural Gas Liquids Plant and Fife Ethylene Plant. 

Find out more about our new monitoring network on our air quality monitoring page.

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Concerned about a pollution incident?

You can report it to SEPA online or call 0800 80 70 60