£3m for Balmenach
Inver House invests in green distillery
Martin Leonard: ‘using the latest technology will keep our green commitment’
Balmenach, one of Speyside’s oldest whisky distilleries, is set to become one of Scotland’s greenest by investing £3 million in a biogas project to significantly reduce the site’s carbon footprint.
Inver House Distillers has commissioned a new anaerobic digestion system, which breaks down the co-products of whisky production using micro-organisms to produce clean, methane-rich 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 all the distillery’s energy requirements with a surplus of electrical energy supplied to the grid.
Located near Grantown on Spey and one of Inver House Distillers’ five malt whisky plants, Balmenach is on track to produce two million 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.
Managing director Martin Leonard said: “Inver House Distillers was an early champion of green distilling in Scotland.
“With this new investment at Balmenach we are using the very latest technology to further that commitment.”
A team of specialist suppliers has been recruited by Inver House Distillers to deliver the new system: