The £4m contract to install a 13-kilometre pipeline to link Scotland’s main gas network to the Tamdhu, Dalmunach, Cardhu and Knockando distilleries in Speyside has been completed a month ahead of schedule despite the significant complexity of the project.
Awarded by a partnership of three whisky companies that have shared the cost of the pipeline, Chivas Brothers, Diageo and Ian MacLeod Distillers, the connection to the gas network will also help reduce the distilleries’ carbon footprints by cutting their reliance on fuel oil and ending the need for its delivery by road tankers during the summer months.
Martin Donnachie, chief executive of Fulcrum, said: “The early completion of this project is testament to the tenacity and technical expertise of our engineers.
“This is one of the most technically-complex gas infrastructure projects delivered in the UK for some time, which makes it very significant to the expansion of the country’s gas network.
“It proves our ability to overcome a variety of challenges to support the growth of the network in rural or urban environments.”