mothballing


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Mothballing

A practice in which a company keeps equipment in a factory or other production facility in working order but does not use it on a constant basis. This is useful when a company has high operating costs and it would be more expensive to use the facility. Mothballing allows the company to save its expenses and still use the facility when needed.

mothballing

see CAPACITY.
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I hope that SSI s announcement that they are mothballing the furnace gives some hope that steel making could be restarted on Teesside in the future.
Nitrogen can be generated on the spot, stored, transported to our site and used for the scraping and mothballing process, all in the same day.
It sounds dreadful but if mothballing the centre means other services can be retained then it has to be considered.
The firm has started mothballing the Teesside Cast Products plant in Redcar, threatening the jobs of 1,600 workers, after a consortium pulled out of a long term contract.
But Jon Bolton, managing director of Teesside Cast Products, insisted: "We've done everythingwecantokeeptheplantgoingfor as long as possible, but it's important to emphasise that mothballing is not the same as closure.
Steel giant Corus said it has agreed to consider a union plan to postpone the partial mothballing of its Redcar plant to the end of February.
The partial mothballing ( or shutdown) will result in the loss of about 1,700 jobs, around 600 fewer than envisaged earlier this year.
After mothballing or retiring these 20 units, Reliant will own or operate approximately 4,200 MW* of net generation capacity serving the PJM Interconnection.
A checklist should be established covering all items in the facility, specifications written for each category, and finally estimates made to review the cost-effectiveness of mothballing each category.
Others include weapons sitting in bunkers for long periods of time; planes, vehicles and equipment sitting outside; and excess equipment that requires mothballing until needed for use.
If the alternative is closure, mothballing has to be an option.
Only two years ago many fertilizer and agricultural chemical producers were closing or mothballing production units across the United States and Canada as a result of slow growth and pressure from the high cost of natural gas.