AS the restart of the Exxon Mobil Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran continues, Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing, has sought clarification from Exxon Mobil as to when the elevated flaring will end.

Commenting on the response received, Ms Ewing said: “When the restart of their Mossmorran plant got underway, Exxon Mobil warned that there would be some elevated flaring and I think that was understood by those who live in the local community.

“But people are getting increasingly fed up, particularly when the flaring is happening at night".

Ms Ewing added: “I have been assured that they are working as safely and quickly as they can and trying to ensure that elevated flaring is intermittent, low volume and with sizeable periods where all flaring was contained in the ground flare.

“All of that, of course, is only very slight comfort indeed to my constituents when they see the night sky lit up and hear the rumble and roar of the flare.

“I have made this very clear to Exxon Mobil and I understand that there is an update communication due to be issued from them to the local community very soon.”

Plant boss Jacob McAlister said that efforts were being made to contain as much flaring in the ground system as possible but there would be periods when the aerial flare would be needed.