About the events timeline

The timeline of events listed below records accidents, flaring events and other incidents worth noting. Please note that the information gather below relies on Freedom of Information requests, media reports, and notifications from residents and is not a full record of events.

  • Flaring events – ExxonMobil – 2008

    NUMBER OF FLARING EVENTS 1: 26

    NUMBER OF OCCASIONS WITH MORE THAN 15 MINUTES DARK SMOKE (> Ringelmann 2) 2: 0

    TOTAL TONNES from ELEVATED FLARE: 13,305

    TOTAL TONNES from GROUND FLARE: 14,438

    Total Tonnes Flared: 27,743

    COMMENTS BASED ON OPERATOR REPORTS TO SEPA AND THE MOSSMORRAN & BRAEFOOT BAY INDEPENDENT AIR QUALITY MONITORING REVIEW GROUP: There were a number of periods of planned maintenance that led to flaring during the year. Additionally there were 2 unplanned process upsets which resulted in elevated flaring. The quantity flared in 2008 was greater than in 2007 (7,797 tonnes elevated flares, 10,563 tonnes ground flares) but within the range reported in earlier years.

    1. This is a count of the number of times the elevated flare was utilised.
    2. The Ringelmann chart is used to define dark smoke. The chart has 5 shades of grey with 0 being clear and 5 being black. Smoke is considered ‘dark’ if it is shade 2 or darker.
  • Flaring – 12th June 2017

    12 June 2017 - 17 June 2017 Process upset at Fife Ethylene Plant. Residents reported noise, vibration in the home, light pollution.
  • Flaring – 18 June 2017

    18 June 2017 - 20 June 2017 Interruption to the feedstock from Fife NGL (Shell) to Fife Ethylene Plant (ExxonMobil) creates flaring event with black smoke