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