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Fife Ethylene Plant manager retires 38 years after starting at complex

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Because Martin ended his career at the place where it all began 38 years previously, having served for three separate periods at the Mossmorran complex.

He served in the top role for almost three years but had been a member of Team FEP for many more years than that, joining the ranks straight from university when the site first opened.

He said: “From the start Fife Ethylene Plant has been like a big family, with everyone playing their role and every time I came back to work here it has always been the same, with everyone looking out for each other. That’s what has made it such a pleasure working here.”

Martin worked in various process engineering roles during his first period of employment, from 1985 to 1990, at FEP. His second period at the plant from 1995 to 2000 saw him ending up as operations manager.

He then spent 20 years travelling the world with his wife and two young sons, working in many different sections of the company from manufacturing and upstream to marketing and business development in Brussels, England, Houston in the United States and Gravenchon in France, before returning to Fife, where it all began, in 2020 as plant manager.

“It was quite a start to my career with the company as I had never even thought about leaving Scotland, but my girlfriend who later became my wife said I should go for it and I did!” He continued. “I have always been a person who looks forward, not back, as I know there is always something enjoyable about to happen.

“I can honestly say that, despite the challenges it brought, not least with the COVID pandemic and its problems, being plant manager has been my favourite job out of the many I have done with ExxonMobil. Seeing the improvements carried out and the benefits they have brought has been a real highlight.

“I am looking forward to hearing all about the Enclosed Ground Flare being up and running and bringing with it more benefits to local communities.”

After three years in the top position at the plant, he credits his team for the success he has had in the role.

He added: “Everyone at FEP has played their part in helping to make this a better place than it was when I took over as plant manager.

“I have enjoyed all my jobs with ExxonMobil as they have each brought different things and I have never felt the need to work anywhere else because there has been a great variety throughout my career.

“They have allowed my family to travel the world and enjoy lots of different experiences at the right times in our lives which has been great.”

Martin is now looking forward to travelling to visit his sons overseas, exploring some of Scotland’s great walks and even buying a boat to sail around the west coast of the country.

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Resident-led action group seeking redress from the long-term social, health and environmental impacts from the Mossmorran facilities in Central Fife operated by ExxonMobil (Fife Ethylene Plant) and Shell (Fife NGL).


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