British Salt has unveiled a series of projects for its 50th anniversary year, including a £7.2m investment in its Middlewich site.

The investment is for a new energy efficient boiler plant designed to generate heat and electricity for the company’s 24-hour production process.

The new British Salt boiler plant represents the largest single investment in the company since it started.

Ladan Iravanian, general manager, Salt & Sodium Bicarbonate at Tata Chemicals Europe, said: “Our 50th anniversary year heralds a major milestone in our future-proofing plant investment initiative.

“Undoubtedly 2018 was an exceptionally busy year for our business, as we continued to invest millions of pounds in our facilities to ensure that we’re in great shape to deliver for our customers over the next fifty years and beyond.

“However, 2019 will see further, unprecedented high-profile investment in the site and its people.”

British Salt’s product range, in Middlewich has many applications, ranging from its use as a vital ingredient in all types of food, as a critical chemical in water treatment and purification and as an essential nutrient in animal feed.

“The next phase of the British Salt pack line investment is scheduled for completion before the end of our golden anniversary year, along with the implementation of the final phase of the brine purification plant renewal.

“This unprecedented level of investment demonstrates Tata Chemicals’ commitment to the British Salt business in order to deliver excellence throughout all areas of its manufacturing processes and to provide an unparalleled portfolio of diverse products.”