Dis­tillery sets pace with green power pro­duc­tion

£3m bio­gas projects be­gins

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - BUSINESS - BY RE­BECCA BUCHAN BY BEN WOODS

One of Spey­side’s old­est whisky dis­til­leries is to be­come one of Scot­land’s green­est as work has started on a £3mil­lion bio­gas project to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the site’s car­bon foot­print.

In­ver House Dis­tillers has com­mis­sioned a new anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion sys­tem, which breaks down the co­prod­ucts of whisky pro­duc­tion us­ing mi­cro-or­gan­isms to pro­duce clean, methaner­ich bio­gas to power the site.

The new tech­nol­ogy will in­te­grate with Bal­me­n­ach’s ex­ist­ing wood-pel­let biomass boiler, and once com­plete, the com­bined sys­tem will gen­er­ate enough re­new­able steam and elec­tric­ity to meet 100% of the dis­tillery’s en­ergy re­quire­ments with a sur­plus of elec­tri­cal en­ergy sup­plied to the grid.

When op­er­a­tional in sum­mer 2018, ap­prox­i­mately 130m3 of whisky co-prod­ucts – pot ale and spent lees – will be pro­cessed to pro­duce 2,000m3 of bio­gas each day, feed­ing a com­bined heat and power en­gine which will sup­ply 200kW of power and 230kW of heat.

Lo­cated near Gran­town on Spey and one of In­ver House Dis­tillers’ five malt whisky plants, Bal­me­n­ach is on track to pro­duce 2mil­lion litres of whisky for the blended Scotch mar­ket in 2018. The site is also the home of Caorunn, one of the fastest grow­ing Scot­tish gin brands.

As well as the ben­e­fits of re­duced emis­sions, im­proved en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­duced op­er­a­tional costs, Bal­me­n­ach’s use of these tech­nolo­gies will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce heavy goods ve­hi­cle move­ments from its re­mote lo­ca­tion in the Spey Val­ley. The new sys­tem will also re­turn clean wa­ter to the nearby burn, and nu­tri­ent rich bio-solids to the land for bar­ley farm­ing in the Spey­side re­gion. In­ver House Dis­tillers’ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Martin Leonard, said: “In­ver House Dis­tillers was an early cham­pion of green dis­till­ing in Scot­land, and sus­tain­abil­ity and con­sid­er­a­tion for the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact at each of our sites is at the heart of our business strat­egy.

“With this new in­vest­ment at Bal­me­n­ach we are us­ing the very lat­est tech­nol­ogy to fur­ther that com­mit­ment, work­ing with the best part­ners in the business to help us achieve our en­vi­ron­men­tal goals. It’s an ex­cit­ing step in our jour­ney and one that we know is recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated, not just by the com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing our dis­til­leries, but by the drinkers around the world who en­joy our premium spir­its.

“We also hope this in­vest­ment will demon­strate how low-car­bon man­u­fac­ture and clean growth are achiev­able, re­gard­less of the size, lo­ca­tion or out­put of the pro­duc­tion site.” LEAD­ING BY EX­AM­PLE: Martin Leonard says the firm is cham­pi­oning green en­ergy Bri­tain’s bet­ting gi­ants en­joyed a win­ning streak on Thurs­day af­ter Lad­brokes Coral re­vived takeover talks with the owner of on­line ri­val Foxy Bingo.

Lad­brokes Coral soared 29% on the sec­ond tier, or 39.4p to 175.1p, af­ter the pair re­vealed “de­tailed” dis­cus­sions over a tie-up that would see GVC pay £3.1bil­lion in cash and shares for the com­pany.

Shares lifted 23.6p to 315p. How­ever, the FTSE 100 In­dex closed down 27.28 points at 7,320.75 as in­sur­ance and min­ing stocks dragged on the top flight.

Across Europe, the French Cac 40 and Ger­man Dax ended the day up around 0.2% and 0.4%, re­spec­tively.

On the cur­rency mar­kets, the pound rose 0.3% against the US dol­lar at 1.34 de­spite con­tin­ued un­cer­tainty over the Brexit di­vorce deal. Ster­ling was also 0.3% higher ver­sus the euro at 1.13. In oil mar­kets, Brent crude prices rose 0.8% to around 61.73 per bar­rel, as the com­mod­ity re­bounded from a drop a day ear­lier.

“En­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact at sites is at the heart of our business strat­egy”

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