Bristol-based refrigerant experts A Gas have announced a £1 million investment into a new refrigerant separator at its operation just outside the city in Portbury.
The company is predicting that the refrigerant reclamation market will expand because of the F Gas regulations which restrict the availability of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in the market.
The company predicts that the new separator will be operational by the second half of 2017. The new plant will more than double its current capacity to reclaim refrigerants.
“The investment is in response to the F-Gas Regulations. Supplies of reclaimed refrigerant are crucial to ensure that there is enough gas on the market to meet demand. We are already seeing changes in market patterns and as a major supplier of refrigerants we have to respond to this.
“The new separator is a key investment by A-Gas, will operate in tandem with the existing separator on our Portbury site and will more than double our reclamation capacity here. This investment also highlights our commitment to providing the industry with the necessary capacity and infrastructure to support the F-Gas phasedown.”
“This type of waste has changed over the years as refrigerant mixtures get more complicated and we start to see much higher quantities of mixed gases. Several different refrigerants combined together in one mix sets us new challenges and without separation technology it is almost impossible to return the gas to the same kind of quality as virgin material.”