DuPont-R1234yf-(2)USA: Chemours has played down reports that it is planning a $178m R1234yf plant at its site in Ingleside, Texas.

The reports surfaced after Chemours applied for an air permit to produce the HFO refrigerant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

While confirming the application, Janet E Smith, Chemours global head of public affairs told the Cooling Post that no decision had been made about an investment. “We do explore investment options routinely, and because permitting processes can take up to a year, it is not uncommon for a company to begin a regulatory permitting process like this before making an investment decision,” she said.

Chemours currently sources its R1234yf from plants in China and Japan.