Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced an agreement with CF Fertilisers to ensure the continued supply of CO2 to UK businesses – an essential component of the national economy.
The exceptional short term arrangement with CF Fertilisers will allow the company to immediately restart operations and produce CO2 at its Billingham plant. The Government will provide limited financial support for CF Fertilisers’ operating costs for three weeks whilst the CO2 market adapts to global gas prices.
CF Fertilisers produces around 60 per cent of UK’s CO2, used primarily by the food sector.
The Government has held discussions with the main food producers, their trade bodies and the major supermarkets and they are committed to doing whatever it takes to move to a sustainable market-based solution by the end of the three-week period.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:
Environment Secretary George Eustice said:
The measures announced this week follow extensive engagement with critical industries to understand the pressures they could face as the result of a restricted supply of CO2, including from the Business Secretary and the Environment Secretary. The Government say the action taken shows the seriousness with which it has approached this issue to protect businesses and consumers.
The UK benefits from having a diverse range of gas supply sources, with sufficient capacity to more than meet demand. The UK’s gas system continues to operate reliably and the Government says it does not anticipate any increased risk of supply emergencies this winter.