UK Chemcials & Materials: March 2014

Wedge Group Galvanising Ltd, which operates 14 galvanisation plants across the UK, has been granted planning permission to construct a galvanisation plant with associated offices and amenities at 14 Piperell Way, Haverhill, Suffolk, aimed at relocating operations from their current site at Saffron Walden (St Edmundsbury Borough Council ref: DC/13/0839/FUL) The contact is Warren Bulger, group works engineer, tel: 01902 630311 - Wedge Group Galvanising Ltd, Stafford Street, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 1RZ.  Source Protel

Magma Global which has expanded its production at its base in Portsmouth, UK, to meet demand for carbon/polymer pipes in the oil & gas industry. Existing technologies and materials struggle to cope in these new, harsh operating environments, as they are often limited due to fatigue failure and corrosion, according to Magma.

Tata Chemicals Europe is considering plans to construct a £22m, 15km brine pipeline and pumping station that will link the Warmington brine field to its Middlewich salt factory. Planning has been submitted (Cheshire East Council ref:13/1052W). The twenty-four month programme is expected to begin in September 2014. The contact is John Melia, strategic planning director, tel: 01606 724000, email Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd, Mond House, Winnington Lane, Northwich, CW8 4DT. Source: Protel.

Millipore Ireland
is progressing a project having received planning approval from Cork County Council (ref: 126574) to install a complete new process line at its Carrigtwohill facility, Protel reported 13 Feb. The project to expand membrane filter production is due for completion in Q4/14. The project lead is given as Jim Shiels, project engineering manager, Tullagreen, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, Ireland. Tel 00353 214 883 666.

Gazprom Energy on 5 Feb announced a new commercial partnership with Tata Chemicals Europe to support production at the business’ combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Cheshire. The deal will see the business energy firm supply natural gas to the chemical company’s existing CHP facility in Northwich in addition to buying back excess electricity generated by the plant.

Manufacturing orders during the three months to January grew at the strongest rate since April 2011, according to the CBI Industrial Trends Survey. Manufacturers’ investment intentions for buildings rose to the highest level since January 2011.

Accrol Papers is planning to invest £12m to expand its tissue production plant in Blackburn, Protel reports. The works will involve extending existing warehouse and production buildings. The project contact is Majid Hussain, managing director, Accrol Papers Ltd, Roman Rd, Blackburn, BB1 2LD. Tel: 01254 278844.

In Wales,
Tata Steel is seeking planning permission to upgrade the power generation facilities serving its Port Talbot steel works. The plan is to enhance the existing 95.7MW electrical (MWe) power station and install two new boilers, and two turbines to increase capacity to between 170MWe and 225MWe. (PIM report)

Regeneron has sanctioned the development of a production and fill/finish facility at Limerick, Ireland, Protel reports. Works will include fitting-out an existing building and installation of process. Procurement is due to start Q2 2014; site start Q4 2014; and completion Q2 2016.The contact is Kevin Bailey, VP manufacturing & process development, (and project lead):  777 Old Saw Mill River Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591, USA. Tel: 001 914 847 7000.