How safe and clean is the operation?
The Shell Fife NGL plant operates under some of the highest environmental and safety regulations of any industry, overseen by two regulators. The Health and Safety Executive carry out regular inspections covering all aspects of workplace health and safety. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) oversee our environmental performance, including emissions from the plant. Local air quality data is reviewed by an independent air quality monitoring group run by Fife Council, which has consistently found and reported that emissions from the plants at Mossmorran continue to pose no significant risk to the health of the local community.
How does Shell U.K’s Fife NGL plant sit with the Shell Group’s aim of helping the transition to lower carbon energy?
Tackling climate change while meeting the world’s energy needs is one of the greatest challenges faced by society. The Shell Group supports the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UK Government’s ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050. Globally, Shell has an ambition to become a net zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner.
The plant itself recently reviewed its energy consumption and seeks to identify opportunities to optimise its energy use to reduce emissions. The plant aims to continue to process gas products through the energy transition, meeting customer demand and enabling gas to be fed into the National Grid by providing an outlet for the other gas liquids that come from beneath the seabed.
Gas is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon and has advantages when used alongside renewables, being able to quickly compensate for dips in solar or wind power, and rapidly respond to surges in demand.
Natural gas can also be important in parts of the economy that are hard to electrify such as the production of iron, steel and cement, which needs gas or oil to produce extremely high temperatures.