Production issues with CO2 is having an affect on many industries, however it is not yet known whether or not refrigerant is going to be affected.
A rumored national shortage of carbon dioxide within the UK has gave surface to reports of ‘panic buying’ amongst CO2 refrigerant customers.
The shortage applies to all kinds of carbon dioxide, from those referred to as ‘beer gas’ and soft drinks production, has occurred thanks to high summer demand coinciding with maintenance close down at many carbon dioxide production facilities, as reported by specialist publication GasWorld.
The problems with production
of the gas has affected leading suppliers of carbon dioxide in its refrigerant type. The production issues are understood to be temporary so it’s not fully clear whether or not the availability issues with CO2 as a whole would even have any real impact on refrigerant provisions, since the pure refrigerant version of the gas is made at a far smaller volume than alternative applications, for pubs, or carbonic acid gas for food and drink production.
However, customers of the refrigerant – CO2 is currently utilized in large volume at most of the main supermarkets – appear to have taken the view that the chance isn’t worth taking and have wanted to scoop up the gas in bulk. One major provider said: “Yesterday there were good stocks of the refrigerant, but today there is not.”