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  • "Quite right carvin. At the public meeting that TATA held in the town their representatives would not guarantee that if they got the go ahead for the EfW they would keep jobs in Northwich. I suspect they held off redundancies till now as part of the campaign to get approval for the EfW.
    The closure of Winnington means they have plenty of surplus energy which they can use at Lostock. Pushing ahead with the EfW suggests they want to be an energy supplier to the Grid rather than a producer of soda ash. If they ever do get contracts to burn 'waste' then they will probably cease production of soda ash altogether. There is more profit in energy provision than soda ash."
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End of an era at Tata Chemicals Europe's Winnington plant

Closures at Tata's Winnington site.

Closures at Tata's Winnington site.

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AN ENORMOUS part of Northwich’s industrial history was brought to a close with the last shift at Winnington’s soda ash plant yesterday, Sunday.

Soda ash has been produced at the site for 140 years.

Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) announced last year that it was closing the plant, along with a Winnington-based calcium carbonate production plant, because of rising energy costs.

The closures mean 220 job losses but TCE was hoping to limit these to 75 compulsory redundancies.

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