January 16, 2014 – Diageo’s £1 billion expansion of its Scotch whisky production capacity is moving ahead with plans for a £30 million ($45 million USD) project at Clynelish Distillery near the town of Brora in the Highlands. Planning permits for the project have been submitted to Highland Council, with work expected to start later this year. In addition, Diageo executives plan to meet next month with local residents to outline the scope of the project and plans to minimize any impact on the community.
The project will double the capacity of Clynelish, with a new mash tun, 10 new washbacks, and six new stills to be installed alongside the existing equipment, which currently produces 4.5 million litres of spirit each year. In addition, the project will include a bio-energy plant that will use distillery waste products to generate methane gas to reduce the distillery’s energy impact.
The current Clynelish Distillery was built in 1968, across the road from the original distillery built in 1819. That distillery closed briefly, then reopened a year later under the Brora name to produce a peated single malt whisky until it closed permanently in 1983. Clynelish malts are sold as part of Diageo’s Classic Malts range.