Businesses waiting for deliveries of CO2 have been dealt a blow after england, the main plants suffered from a lack of power.
CO2 distributor of Air Liquide, has warned that the gas situation had “significantly worsened” due to a “sudden and unexpected” loss of power, the influence of his site, Ince, Chester, on Tuesday.
It came after a key sister plant in Billingham, County Durham, previously, it had reopened.
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Air Liquide is one of a number of industrial gas companies that processes the raw carbon dioxide generated by the production of ammonia, which is used in the fertiliser industry.
Fertilizer manufacturer CF Industries operates plants in Ince and Billingham, in the County of Durham, which are, according to the analysts of the investment firm Liberum, responsible for 70% of carbon dioxide used by companies in the UNITED kingdom.
The carbon dioxide is used by enterprises to create the fizz in carbonated drinks, packaging for food storage, and to stun the animals on the farm, during the slaughter process.
Warburton, who is the UNITED kingdom, the largest producer of crumpets, was forced to halt production at two of its four plants last week because of the shortage.
Now it has resumed production at the plants.
According to The Grocer magazine, Air Liquide, has said in a letter to its customers a power outage affecting large parts of Chester, he had hit his system of CO2 and, therefore, “capable of producing liquid CO2 in this structure”.
Air Liquide has said that because of a broader lack of CO2 in the UNITED kingdom, his reserve had been “severely depleted” and, as a result, it is called a “force majeure” which allows it to ignore the existing supply agreements.
A spokesman for the company said: “Air Liquide’s recent letter to his clients, was to inform about a specific situation: the global power outage in the Cheshire region influenced the raw CO2 supply to Air Liquide’s wastewater treatment plant.
“This is temporarily affecting Air Liquide situation that is worsened, but does not reflect the BRITISH general of the CO2 market situation.”
A spokesman for the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) has said that CF Industries’ plant in Ince it would re-start on Wednesday, but was not able to comment on when it would begin to produce carbon dioxide.
The site in Billingham restarted on Monday and the CIA spokesman said that the CO2 is supplied to customers.