Health, Safety and Environment
Find out about our commitment to safety, the control of major accidents and hazards and why we occasionally flare.
Mossmorran & Braefoot Bay Community & Safety Liaison Committee Meeting
We regularly provide safety, operational, environmental and social updates through quarterly community liaison meetings, which include representatives from local community councils, Fife Council, SEPA and Exxon Mobil. The minutes of these meetings are shared with the relevant community council representatives and are available on the Fife Council Website. The local community councils include Aberdour, Burntisland, Dalgety Bay, Cardenden & Kinglassie, Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly and Lumphinnans.
For more information please visit the Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay section on Fife Council Website.
We aim to notify the local communities of any planned or unplanned flaring, and other events that may be of interest. We do this primarily through the Mossmorran & Braefoot Bay Community and Safety Liaison Committee representatives and other interested parties.
Flaring is the safe, controlled burning of natural gas that cannot be processed. It is a necessity for certain aspects of natural gas production, and it is primarily conducted to ensure the safe operation of the plant.
The volume of gas that is in the system at any time is closely monitored, and sometimes gas must be burned through either a ground flare or an elevated flare to ensure the plant operates within its safety limits. Flaring gas from the plant can either be part of a planned event in order to carry out maintenance work or an unplanned event related to abnormal operating conditions. We aim to keep flaring and any disturbance to a minimum. We aim to inform the local communities of any planned or unplanned flaring events.
The flare has a pilot flame which is lit at all times, similar to the pilot in a household boiler. Occasionally this flame is larger when we carry out small volume purges over short periods for routine procedures such as emptying pipework ahead of maintenance work. Although this is routine and not classed as a significant flaring event, we are aware this can be more visible to some at times, particularly nearby at night and in certain light and weather conditions.
We aim to manage this routine work carefully, and to keep flaring and any disturbance to a minimum. We aim to inform the local communities of any significant planned or unplanned flaring events.
Flaring is closely regulated through a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit issued by SEPA, which sets conditions for any emissions to air, water and land as a result of industrial activities.
For more information, please see the SEPA pollution prevention and control website.
Air Quality and Monitoring
Air quality is reviewed independently by the Mossmorran & Braefoot Bay Independent Air Quality Monitoring Review Group, which advises Fife Council. Shell FNGL is invited to share its data with this Group for their review each year.
The Review Group’s Annual Reports continue to conclude that emissions from the Shell plants at Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay pose no significant risk to the health of members of the local community. Mossmorran & Braefoot Bay Independent Air Quality Monitoring Review Group 2019 Annual Report
Please find our Air Quality and Monitoring information sheet in relation to Mossmorran and Fife in the document below, including the roles and responsibilities of various parties and available information.
We welcome your feedback on air quality and monitoring. If you have any question or comment, please share it with us using the feedback form under the ‘Contact Us tab' on the Fife NGL plant website page.
For more information on this topic, you can also visit the Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay section on the SEPA Website
At the plant, operations are managed with care for the safety of staff, the community and the environment. The plant is designed to safely process natural gas liquids and is regulated by both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Facility maintenance routines are carried out by highly-trained personnel on site to ensure both Shell and the regulators’ strict safety and environmental standards are met.
Emergency Response System
In the unlikely event of an emergency, our response procedures are designed to protect the safety of the public living in the vicinity of our facilities. Plant employees are trained to handle emergencies should any arise. Staff maintain a high degree of emergency preparedness by conducting regular simulated exercises.
Control of Major Accidents and Hazards
Fife NGL is designed to operate within certain conditions to ensure the safety of people and the surrounding environment. The facilities are engineered to detect then normalise or shut down any abnormal conditions. Safety mechanisms and mitigations at industrial sites which handle hazardous products are regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) through the 2015 Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH), and we demonstrate our site safety measures to the HSE through the site COMAH Cases. Both the Shell Fife NGL site and Braefoot Bay Loading Terminal site are regularly inspected by the HSE.
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