Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Following on from the news on August 5th, that The Macallan has been granted planning permission for a new £100m distillery and visitor centre, this week it has been announced that the new distillery along with 20,000 homes in Speyside will receive the majority of its power by green energy.

The £74m green energy project will allow the new Macallan distillery to use heat generated by the plant in the form of steam to cut carbon emissions.

New £100m Macallan Distillery and Visitors Centre due to open in 2017

Carbon savings from the distillery at Craigellachie will be equivalent to taking 18,000 cars off the road. The project by John Laing and UK Green Investment Bank, will also create over 100 jobs during construction.

Commenting on the news Vince Cable, Business Secretary said: "With £3.8bn of funding, the UK Green Investment Bank has been set up to help businesses make the transition to a green economy right across the country. This investment in Speyside will not only help secure jobs, boost a vital industry and support the local supply chain but also generate renewable energy for homes in Scotland."

Work on the new distillery and visitors centre will now progress and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.

Posted by Steve Rush