GIB savours a whisky triple
Balmenach third distillery in Scotland to scoop award for bio conversion
The UK Green Investment Bank is backing a biomass conversion at the Balmenach Distillery in Scotland.
The project at the Speyside site will be financed from the £5m of funding announced by the institution in May.
Two distilleries, Tomatin near Inverness and Aberfeldy (pictured) in Perthshire, have already scooped awards. Tomatin has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by around 80% and slashed its fuel costs.
The project at Balmenach, like Tomatin and Aberfeldy, will replace the distillery’s heavy fuel oil boiler with a biomass boiler.
The boiler will have a 4MW capacity and be fuelled by wood pellets supplied by manufacturer Balcas. It will produce 18,000MWh of heat a year and is expected to deliver a 30% reduction in energy costs.
GIB group operations director Rob Cormie said: "I am pleased we have been able to make another investment at a Scottish distillery, just a few weeks after we announced that we were making £5m available to fund these investments.
“Projects like this provide a sustainable supply of renewable energy and save distilleries money and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”
Balmenach distillery dates to 1824 and is owned by Inver House Distillers Group, a subsidiary of ThaiBev.
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