LARGE flares have lit up the sky over Fawley overnight.
Flames bursting from the rafters of Fawley Refinery have once again lit up the sky over Fawley and could be seen from Southampton.
ExxonMobil, which operates the site, said the use of the flares is part of the commissioning process of reconnecting the units.
In a statement, the oil company said: “We are carrying [a] the unit is back online this afternoon.
“As part of this start-up process, we will need to use our flares for a period during the night, and these may be visible from the surrounding communities.”
“The use of our flares is planned and controlled, and we are working hard to minimize the duration and any potential disruption.”
Earlier this month, flares were activated overnight after an “operational incident” erupted at the refinery.
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Flares could be seen burning for miles as crews responded to address the situation.
Union members at the plant are set to step up union action in a dispute over bonus pay.
The workers have been on strike for the past two weeks and last Friday the police were called to the protests when, according to the union, the officers were being “heavy handed” preventing the strikers from talking to the drivers.
However, New Forest District Commander Chief Inspector Nick Marsden said the force had received several calls reporting blocked roads since the strikes began on November 21.
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