Fulcrum was selected to support three major UK distillers to improve production efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint and by converting their heavy fuel operations to natural gas.
Whisky companies Chivas Brothers, Diageo and Angus Dundee shared the cost of the pipeline which has dramatically improved energy efficiency at four famous distilleries – Cragganmore, The Glenlivet, Tormore and Tomintoul.
pipeline designed and installed
Fulcrum designed and delivered the 26km gas pipeline to link the four distilleries to Scotland’s main gas network, which was one of the most ambitious gas infrastructure projects in the UK at the time.
Delivery was completed with a perfect safety record and six months ahead of schedule, despite an ambitious timetable and the significant engineering challenges faced by the dedicated project team including remote terrain and winter temperatures of -12°C.
The pipeline dramatically improved the distilleries’ energy infrastructure, providing scope for them to scale up production, guarantee product continuity and provide a significant reduction to carbon footprints at each distillery.
Every single member of the Fulcrum team, from project managers to the installation team on the ground, showed real tenacity in not only getting the job done but getting the job done right. They set an ambitious timescale for completion and deserve every credit for surpassing it – their dedication has resulted in all three businesses, and the local environment, enjoying the benefits of a gas supply that much earlier.
We are delighted to have collaborated with Fulcrum and our industry colleagues on this project. It has brought real benefits to our businesses and to the local community by allowing us to stop using heavy fuel oil in the distilleries on the pipeline. That is better for the environment because it means lower carbon emissions and it also means fewer heavy fuel tankers on the roads, which is great news for everyone who lives locally.
When the distilleries were established, gas had yet to be used as an energy source and their location was selected simply for the ready availability of fresh spring water. Until now, we've had to rely on fuel oil which had to be brought here by heavy tanker trucks and stored on site. With the new connection to the main gas network, we now have access to a far cleaner energy source and a much more reliable energy supply.
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