Senior Government officials held an emergency meeting yesterday in a bid to protect British farmers from the energy crisis, after two fertiliser plants shut down in the face of spiralling gas bills. The Telegraph understands that the Civil Contingencies Secretariat – responsible for emergency planning – met after soaring gas prices prompted CF Industries, a major global fertiliser group, to halt operations in Billingham and Ince. The supply of carbon dioxide, used in fizzy drinks and industrial processes, is also in doubt as it is captured during fertiliser production. It came as analysts at HSBC warned that surging energy prices could lead to a 15pc hike on utility bills when the level of the price cap on energy bills is reviewed in April, heaping pressure on households. Default tariffs are already set to rise by £139 to an average £1,277 from October.
Telegraph 16th Sept 2021 read more »
Soaring gas prices have forced two industrial sites in the north of England to close as fears grow of a winter energy crisis. CF Industries, a fertiliser manufacturer, said that it was halting operations at its plants at Billingham in Teesside and Ince in Cheshire “due to high natural gas prices”. The company could not say when production would resume. The two sites, which employ about 600 people, produce roughly 40 per cent of the UK’s fertiliser needs. Officials in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, the government’s crisis planning unit, were believed to be meeting yesterday to discuss the impact on fertiliser supplies to farmers.
Times 17th Sept 2021 read more »