Diageo Scotland’s bioenergy plant to create a greener Scotland

In what is believed to be the largest single investment in renewable technology by a non-utility company in the UK, Diageo Scotland has spent a reported £65 million on constructing a bioenergy plant in Cameronbridge, Fife, Scotland. The project, which is being developed in partnership with main contractor Dalkia, has supported around 100 construction jobs and is expected to create around 20 new long-term jobs.

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks company. Their huge drinks portfolio includes: Baileys, Captain Morgan, J&B, Jose Cuervo, Guinness and Johnnie Walker. The £65m bioenergy plant is part of a £105m investment in the Cameronbridge facility, which processes 4,000 tonnes of grain weekly. In partnership with manufacturing and consulting firm MCP, Diageo’s ‘Project Forth has driven a host of improvements to procedures, operations and facilities at the plant in order to increase capacity by up to 60%. The aim is to reach total annual capacity of 120 million litres of alcohol by 2012.

The new facility is to generate renewable energy from spent wash (a mixture of wheat, malted barley, yeast and water) which is produced during distillation. The process for this as follows: the spent wash is separated into liquid and dry solids; the liquid is then converted, via anaerobic digestion, into biogas and the dried solids form a biomass fuel source. This will in turn enable Diageo to replace 95% of its fossil fuel usage with green energy – 98% of the thermal steam and 80% of electrical power.

The new bioenergy plant comes as part of Scotland’s efforts to encourage the growth of the UK renewable energy sector. Indeed, the new Scottish Government has exceeded all expectations and increased its renewable energy target to 100% by 2020 in order to secure Scotland’s place as the green energy powerhouse of Europe.

The bio-energy project is in addition to a £100 million investment by Diageo in Scotland, including a £40 million expansion at Cameronbridge and a new distillery at Roseisle in Moray that will also utilise sustainable technology.

Diageo and Dalkia have worked closely with local and national stakeholders, as well as consulting local community representatives.

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“Diageo’s innovative bioenergy facility adds to the momentum building in Scotland in terms of leading the way in clean, green energy.

“The benefits to Scotland’s environment are quite staggering with the reduction in annual CO2 emissions estimated to be 56,000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking 44,000 family cars off the road.

“No other non-utility company in the UK is believed to have embarked on a renewable project of this scale. This investment signals Diageo’s commitment to Scotland’s environment and the Scottish economy with the creation of up to 20 long-term jobs and support for 100 construction jobs over the next three years.

“Today’s Scottish GDP figures show the full extent of the challenge we face. Scotland is not immune from global recession but by concentrating on our strengths we can emerge stronger from the downturn. We must continue to attract investment, promote competitiveness and support businesses to help reflate the economy.

“I am delighted to welcome Diageo’s latest investment in Scotland and of course its supply of cleaner, greener energy secures a prosperous and sustainable future for the company in Scotland.”


PJD Group was delighted to be awarded the prestigious contract to complete the installation of the bubbling fluidised bed (BFB) biomass boiler and mechanical balance of plant for Dalkia at Diageo’s Cameronbridge Distillery in January 2011. This project is a significant milestone for the environmental energy sector in the UK and we are proud to have been involved in its success.

Our core business is the installation, repair and servicing of water tube boilers and associated balance of plant. We first worked in the environmental energy sector with TAKUMA CO, LTD. of Japan at the Lakeside project near Heathrow, where we successfully completed the installation of two energy from waste boiler lines, achieving class leading standards of safety and quality, on time and on budget in the autumn of 2008.

Taking the specific expertise that PJD Group earned at Lakeside we have since carried out extensive installation, planned maintenance and emergency repair works at seven of the UK’s major environmental energy power stations.

At the heart of our business is a desire to work in cooperation with our clients in an open manner driven to deliver our agreed performance objectives . We have a strong ethical basis and a no claims culture. By working closely with Dalkia’s team, and their boiler system manufacturer Enmas of India, we were able to bring the benefits of our experience to bear at Cameronbridge.

Notwithstanding a number of technical and cultural challenges, and the requirement to resequence our works to accommodate changing site conditions, the boiler hydraulic test was completed on time. We have recently completed the balance of plant works scope, as extended, and are confident that we will receive approval of our works from the Notified Body, RSA, on a right-first-time basis.

We hope that our performance at Cameronbridge will result in a strong foundation stone in the development of our future relationships with Dalkia and Diageo, who we view as clear market leaders in their sector; and, reinforce PJD’s reputation as the UK’s leading provider of mechanical erection services in the environmental energy market.


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