Wishart meets with ABP officials at gas leak site
Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, visited ABP Food Group’s Inveralmond facility to speak with management about last year’s gas leak at the site. The visit came after a recent SEPA report revealed that the incident was the second largest incident of its kind in 2021, contributing 87% of the total hydrofluorocarbon emissions from all sectors in Scotland that year.
Commenting, Mr Wishart said:
“What became clear from the visit was that this was an extremely unfortunate freak accident, caused by the blade of a fan falling on to and rupturing a pipe containing highly polluting F-Gas.
“Notwithstanding the vast damage this caused, I was satisfied that ABP take seriously their environmental obligations and have acted to ensure that such an event is never repeated. This has included switching from F-Gas to a natural based refrigerant with no carbon footprint, as well as fitting new fans with plastic blades instead of metal.
“I was also told that SEPA has yet to offer any recommendations to ABP as part of their investigation, despite the incident being reported to them immediately after it was detected.
“Regular and constructive dialogue between SEPA and industries is crucial in the race to Net-Zero, so I am now seeking clarity on when SEPA expect to complete their investigation and whether their findings will include recommendations for ABP to implement going forward.”