• Conor visits BOC’s nitrogen and hydrogen plant in Moss Bank

    BOC

    Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, paid a visit to BOC’s nitrogen and hydrogen plant in Moss Bank in St Helens.

    Whilst there he looked around the site and met with Site Manager, Chris Jeal, and Grant Holland, Head of Energy Strategy, to hear about their concerns over increasing energy costs.

    The St Helens BOC site produces nitrogen and hydrogen and provides the industrial and medical gases to a range of companies across the UK including Pilkington Glass, where the gas supplied is an essential component in the production process.

    Conor discussed the challenges faced by energy-intensive companies such as BOC and Pilkington and the impact increasing taxation is having on the industry.

    Speaking after the visit, Conor said:

    “It was good to visit the site, learn more about the production process in St Helens and hear about important concerns of energy intensive industry.

    “Industry has a responsibility to play its part in responding to climate change and becoming more energy efficient, but in facing these challenges we cannot put our industries at a disadvantage.

    “Energy costs in the UK are twice as high comparative to some EU countries. If industries based in St Helens and the North West are to be competitive on a European and global level this has to change.

    “The government’s industrial and energy strategy must strike the right balance between tackling climate change and allowing our industries to compete on a level playing field.”