The excitement about natural
gas as a useful industrial tool has spread to the Scottish
countryside. A collection of whisky distillers in the Speyside
area of Scotland plans to invest £7.6 MM to install a
16-mile gas pipeline that will link four of these distilleries
to the main gas network. Diageo, Chivas Brothers and Angus
Dundee said the pipeline will end their reliance upon fuel oil
and will cut their energy costs by around 30%. The new pipeline
will connect distilleries at The Glenlivet, Tormore,
Cragganmore and Tomintoul with Scotlands main gas
network. Work on the underground pipeline began in November and
is expected to be completed within 18 months.
The conversion to natural
gas is expected to reduce distillery carbon emissions by a
quarter and will remove the need for tanker deliveries on rural
roads often affected by severe winter weather.
A joint statement from the three distillery companies said:
These distilleries were founded before the advent of gas
as an energy source and their distant locations were often
chosen for a bounteous supply of fresh spring water above all
else. It is a very positive move to bring them online with the
main gas network, which will bring environmental and economic
benefits to all distillers concerned.