SGN to support BrewDog with biogas upgrading

SGN Commercial Services (SGN) has been chosen to support biogas upgrading at BrewDog’s site in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The company will provide gas measurement entry unit pipelines and utilities installation and project management services to the multinational brewery firm.

BrewDog has ambitions of becoming the world’s most sustainable drinks company – targeting carbon neutrality among its operations by 2022 – and is developing an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, water treatment plant, CO2 recovery plant and associated energy generation centre in Ellon. The project started earlier this year and is scheduled for completion in March.

The facility will convert organic process waste to site-generated biomethane for injection into the local gas grid infrastructure, helping to reduce water usage by over 40% and support the government’s net-zero targets. SGN has been appointed to support the biogas upgrading at the site.

“We’re really excited to be working with BrewDog on this project and helping it to reach its negative carbon emissions,” said SGN’s biomethane project manager, Colin Small.

“We have worked on similar projects with other clients including distilleries and have seen the benefits the drinks sector can achieve in gas-to-grid solutions.”

SGN has worked on approximately 30 new plant installations, including its world-first biomethane injection and blending hub at Portsdown Hill – and was heavily involved in the development of first-generation network entry facility designs and specifications, enabling ‘significant’ volumes of renewable gas to enter the gas network, serving around 6 million customers in Scotland and South-East England.

Martin Dickie, BrewDog’s co-founder, commented: “In 2020, BrewDog announced it was the world’s first carbon-negative brewery, but this was just the first step on our journey. It’s our mission to do everything in our power to become the most sustainable drinks business on the planet.

“Having never run an AD plant before with biomethane gas injection into the grid, the partner choice for the project was critical for us. We found SGN to be exceptional from initial discussions about the scope of the project all the way through to the technical design and build.

“We are excited to have them as our partner and look forward to working with them for a long time to come.”

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