Scotch Whisky Industry Collaborates On Renewable Energy

24 May 2011

Helius CoRDe Ltd - a consortium comprising Scotch Whisky producers The Combination of Rothes Distillers, energy firm Helius Energy Plc and project equity company Rabo Project Equity BV - is behind the plant. Thought to be the first of its kind in the world, the plant will generate 7.2MW of electricity - enough to power 9,000 homes - most for export to the national grid. It will also produce as animal feed in the form of pot ale syrup. It is estimated it will save 46,642 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The project will create approximately 100 jobs during construction and it will employ around 20 full-time people when operational in 2013.

Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, was in Rothes today to "cut the turf" to mark the start of construction at Helius CoRDe.

Mr Hewitt said:
"This project underlines the Scotch Whisky industry's commitment to investing in the future. In 2009 the industry made a commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels as a source of energy. The project shows how we can create a virtuous circle within the Scotch Whisky production process. The project is benefiting from initiatives, such as the Renewables Obligation Scotland which is vital for renewable energy schemes such as this to go ahead.

"The innovative project is an excellent example of what can be achieved through collaboration between Scotch Whisky distillers. It will be a welcome boost to the region in these challenging economic times."

Frank Burns, Managing Director of Helius CoRDe Ltd, said:
"This innovative project demonstrates how Scotch Whisky by-products can be put to good use to provide a big boost to the environment and ensure there are new sources of energy available for future generations. It also shows distillers working together, and in partnership with third party expertise, for the future benefit of the entire industry. Without that collaboration the Rothes plant would not be possible."

Adrian Bowles, CEO of Helius Energy, said:
"We are delighted to start construction of this plant in Rothes and look forward to delivering low carbon renewable energy into the national grid on schedule."


Notes to editors:
Photo has been issued to accompany news release - it shows Frank Burns, Managing Director of Helius CoRDe Ltd (left) with Gavin Hewitt, chief executive, Scotch Whisky Association (right)

Helius CoRDe Ltd is a joint venture between The Combination of Rothes Distillers (CORD, which comprises BenRiach, Chivas Brothers, Diageo, Edrington, Glen Grant, Inver House and John Dewar and Sons Ltd) Helius Energy and Rabo Project Equity BV.

The Scotch Whisky Industry's environment strategy, introduced in 2009, provides an assurance that 20% of its primary energy requirements will be derived from non-fossil fuel sources by 2020, with a target of 80% by 2050. The Scottish Government has pledged to produce 100% of Scotland's electricity through renewables by 2020.

For further information, please contact Rosemary Gallagher, Communications Manager, Scotch Whisky Association, tel 0131 222 9230/0743 260 5385 or email rgallagher@swa.org.uk