Anaerobic digestion (AD) has been included in plans for a new Scottish distillery site.
Jackson Distillers will establish the new grain distillery in the Scottish Borders to meet the growing demand for grain whisky, used for Scotch whisky blending and a Scottish neutral-grain spirit, for gin and vodka.
Plans have been submitted to establish the distillery at Charlesfield Industrial Estate, next to St Boswells Biogas plant, producing 20 million litres of pure alcohol. The project has received £46 million (€53.5 million) of investment and will create over 200 jobs on-site through the construction phase.
The site is uniquely positioned to take high-quality local cereals from the Tweed valley and process them efficiently and sustainably with renewable energy into high-quality spirits. The cereals, once spent, will be passed to the adjacent AD plant, where they will be converted into methane, with the remaining material being used as soil conditioner for the crops. Process water will be recycled on-site to minimise resource use.
The distillery will add value to locally grown cereals using up-to-date distilling technology, contributing to the circular economy in Scotland, maximising recycling, and reducing carbon emissions with zero waste to landfill.
The cereals will have their journey tracked from the seedbed to the still and beyond so that the customer can be confident of the provenance of the spirit, said Jackson Distillers.
Jackson Distillers’s founder and CEO, Trevor Jackson, has formed an experienced leadership team with decades of experience in the whisky sector, notably with Glenmorangie and North British Dsitillers, as well as having led significant construction projects in whisky distilling, renewable energy and infrastructure.
“I am excited to bring forward this transformational opportunity to add value to the local rural economy in the Scottish Borders,” said Jackson.