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Two major fertiliser plants that closed last week, triggering a sharp fall in the CO2 supplies and prompting warnings of some food and drink running out, have resumed production after striking a deal with the government.
The plants in Cheshire and Durham owned by CF Industries were temporarily shut down last week, with the US company blaming soaring gas prices. The two plants are thought to account for between 40 and 60% of the country’s CO2 supplies.
The news created panic in the food and drink industry, with manufactuers which rely on CO2 warning that products would disappear from supermarket shelves without urgent action.
PoliticsHome exclusively reported on Friday that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had been warned that meat, fizzy drinks and beer could run out within days.
The government entered crisis mode over the weekend, with Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng holding an urgent meeting with CF Industries Chief Executive Tony Wills on Sunday.
Kwarteng is expected to reveal details of the agreement with CF Industries this afternoon.
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