20 June 2017
SEPA has received a considerable number of complaints from members of the public regarding flaring from the Mossmorran Complex (Shell and ExxonMobil) over the past week.
SEPA regulates the environmental aspects of these sites under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations, and both Operators hold licences which control conditions relating to flaring.
Now that the flaring has stopped, SEPA is making arrangements to carry out a full investigation into the causes of the flaring over the past week and what action the Operators intend to take to prevent recurrence of any similar events.
This has clearly been a prolonged and unsatisfactory situation and as part of our investigation we will consider if any additional controls are required and any enforcement action that may be necessary.