Rising gas prices force chemical plant closure

Tata says climate policies are adding to its energy costs, but gas prices are the “overriding factor” behind its decision to shut a soda ash plant in Cheshire

Tata Chemicals Europe is closing one of its UK sites due to rising gas prices.

It will shut the soda ash and calcium chloride plant at Winnington next year with the loss of 200 jobs. An on-site combined heat and power (CHP) plant will be reconfigured to generate more electricity for export to the grid and to supply steam to the firm’s other soda ash and sodium bicarbonate factories in nearby Lostock.

“In the face of high and rising gas prices, we have to reconfigure our business to focus on higher-value products and reduce our energy bill,” said Martin Ashcroft, the firm’s managing director in a statement on 8 October.

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