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Scottish distillers jump on natural gas bandwagon

12.01.2012  |  Thinnes, Billy,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [natural gas] [alcohal] [fuel oil] [carbon] [fuels]

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 Scotland’s 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.” HP

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