Fulcrum, the Sheffield-headquartered utility infrastructure provider, has secured a £1.1 million contract to contact a pressure pipe to a whisky distiller in the Scottish Highlands.
The 7.7km medium pressure pipe will be from Dufftown to the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery in Scotland, to bring in a continual, year-round gas supply to the facility.
The new infrastructure will involve a sophisticated installation procedure, including passing the pipeline through multiple terrains – under bridges, within highway verges and alongside waterways.
Work on the project has begun and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
This is the third significant utility infrastructure project that Fulcrum will deliver on behalf of distillers in the Highlands.
It follows the most recent £4 million contract to install a 13-kilometre pipeline to link Scotland’s main gas network to Chivas Brothers’ Dalmunach distillery, as well as the Tamdhu, Cardhu and Knockando distilleries in Speyside, which was completed a month ahead of schedule.
In 2014, the company also completed a 16-mile pipeline connecting four other distilleries.
The Allt-à-Bhainne distillery, situated on the slopes of Ben Rinnes, produces high-quality spirit for use in Chivas Brothers’ blended Scotch whisky portfolio.
Martin Donnachie, Chief Executive of Fulcrum, said: “Our team of engineers are dedicated to delivering complex infrastructure projects, which in this case allows this distillery to adopt a more sustainable energy supply.
“Instead of having to rely on fuel oil delivered by large road tankers, the distillery can reduce its carbon footprint and access the gas supply. This project also further demonstrates the role we play to the UK’s utilities, and the trust the industry has given to Fulcrum.”