ExxonMobil Chemical's Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) is one of Europe's largest ethylene plants. Construction at Mossmoran, 25 miles north of Edinburgh, began in 1981 and the plant was in 1986. It was the first plant specifically designed to use natural gas liquids from the North Sea as feedstock. Around 230 employees and 50 core contractors work at the plant that has an annual capacity of 830,000 tonnes of ethylene.
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Ethylene is a basic chemical widely used in the production of everyday items such as plastic bags, washing up liquids, paints, anitfreeze and car components.