Irish Oxygen is home to Ireland's only Acetylene Production Plant. Acetylene is manufactured in an advanced process by adding calcium carbide to water. From this process a By-Product is produced called Calcium Hydroxide (hydrated lime). Irish Oxygen has invested heavily, and worked with the EPA (environmental protection agency) to find the most efficient and environmental solution to dealing with this By-Product, and through this process was granted an IPC Licence from the EPA.
The solution found was that the Hydrated Lime could be used by farmers to spread on their lands. Through consultation with Teagasc, tests were carried out and a successful method for landspreading this by-product was found. To further promote our environmental policy, this By-Product is now only supplied to farmers with-in a 20 Km. radius of Irish Oxygen in Co. Cork.