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New Scottish distillery to use bioenergy

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Scottish gin and whisky maker Eden Mill has announced plans for a new distillery and visitor centre, which will use bioenergy.

The £8 million (€9.2 million) project, which will be based at St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, is already well underway, according to The Courier, with around half of the money already secured to deliver the project.

A local energy network will supply the power and heat for the stills, generated through a biomass plant and field electricity. Solar panels will also be installed by the university on the roof of the distillery.

The whisky-making process will use water for distillation directly from the biomass and, once used, the leftover water will journey back to the biomass to be reduced. Carbon produced in making the spirit will be captured for the university’s chemistry department for academic use on-site.

Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “The project is on schedule to be opening in late spring 2022. We have a clear idea and are pretty confident about it. We need to be open by July 2022 as that is when the 150th Open is in St Andrews and the town will be showcasing itself to the world.

“Capacity wise, it will take us to 900,000 litres of pure alcohol, which is how we measure whisky output per year, and we’ll have 4,500 casks within the year. Our gin capacity will more than double. With both Glasgow and St Andrews able to produce gin, it will take us to more than 1.5 million bottles of gin per year. There’s a good scope there for us to grow off the back of it.”

The distillery and visitor centre will create around 40 jobs between full-time and part-time vacancies.