A "MECHANICAL issue" has led to more unplanned flaring at the ExxonMobil site at Mossmorran this morning.

The flame can be seen above the Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) trying to find out more information.

Jacob McAlister, plant manager, said: “As a result of a mechanical issue, we are operating our elevated flare at FEP.

"Our teams have quickly identified the cause and we are confident that we will return to normal operations later today.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this is causing and would like to assure everyone that there is no danger to our communities or staff on site.” 

Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, said: "I am aware of flaring taking place this morning at Mossmorran.

"I have been called by Sepa who have confirmed that they are also aware after they were advised by ExxonMobil at 10am.

"Officers are currently being sent to the site. I am in the process of contacting ExxonMobil for more information."

A statement from Sepa said: "Sepa is aware of unplanned flaring at ExxonMobil, Mossmorran.

"Sepa officers are responding and seeking to establish further information. We'll provide updates on social media and http://sepa.org.uk/mossmorran."

In April, a formal investigation has been launched by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) after receiving more than 600 complaints over flaring at Mossmorran.