Community note from the Shell Fife NGL plant manager Teresa Waddington
Thursday 19 April 2018
Dear community members,
As you may be aware, the Shell UK Fife NGL plant at Mossmorran has received a final warning letter from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) with regard to our part in one of the flaring events last June.
We take compliance very seriously and we recognise that the unusual flaring events at the Mossmorran complex in June 2017 raised community concern around flaring and air quality. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused in the community by our part in the event.
In response, we have been cooperating with SEPA and working closely with our neighbours at the ExxonMobil-operated Fife Ethylene Plant on technical and operational measures that will help avoid the circumstances that led to the flaring last June.
We stepped up our engagement in the community last July to better understand concerns and share more information more widely about Shell UK plant operations within the Mossmorran complex. This work is ongoing with community groups and other parties to address the concerns raised.
I share some background information below for context of the plant’s role in energy supply and in the local economy, as well as our flaring activity.
About the Shell-operated Fife NGL plant
The ‘Mossmorran complex’ includes two sites operated by two companies: the Shell-operated Fife NGL fractionation plant and the ExxonMobil-operated Fife Ethylene Plant.
The Shell Fife NGL fractionation plant is a critical piece of infrastructure in a system that transports, processes and distributes gas from the North Sea, helping meet industry and domestic power needs, and providing feedstock to manufacture a wide range of household products in Scotland and the UK. Total capacity at the plant is 12,500 tonnes per day.
The plant employs more than 250 people, the majority of whom are local and help make us part of the community. We procure local goods and services, and support social investment programmes in nearby communities in Fife.
About our flaring
Occasional use of an elevated flare is necessary to run the plant safely, acting like a safety valve when the plant cannot process properly. This is typically for hours rather than days, and we aim to notify the community in advance of any planned flaring, and as soon as we can for any unplanned events.
We aim to avoid and minimise flaring, which we recognise can be a significant inconvenience to neighbours in the local community. The Shell Fife NGL plant has had cause to notify the local community of six flaring events in the last three years. The average total amount flared at the Shell Fife NGL plant is less than 0.1% of throughput.
We work hard to do the right thing, to avoid harm to people and to manage our impact on the environment. Below our safety and environmental priorities, it is also not in our commercial interest to flare as the value of the products we process is lost when we flare.
SCDI Young Engineers Clubs – Dundee University
The event gives Young Engineers and Science Clubs from primary and secondary schools in the region the opportunity to showcase their activities, be judged for the Regional Club of the Year title (primary and secondary), share best practice and compete in a series of exciting, three-minute hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges set by companies. Around 100 young engineers, teachers and companies are expected to attend this action-packed day.
Shell is Lead Sponsor of SCDI Young Engineer Science Clubs. The purpose of the programme is to engage young people in practical, exciting, hands-on science and engineering activities and to enthuse them to pursue a career in science, engineering and technology. There are 800 science, engineering and technology clubs operating throughout Scotland, from Orkney to Dumfries with a membership of more than 12,000 girls and boys.
To find out more please click the following link: http://www.yecscotland.co.uk/