City firm lands £3.9m pipe deal

A Sheffield firm has landed a major contract to build a gas supply pipeline.

Fulcrum was awarded a £3.95m contract to install a 13km pipeline to link Scotland’s gas network to the Speyside distilleries, Tamdhu, Dalmunach, Cardhu and Knockando.

The new pipeline will deliver approximately 4,700 cubic metres of gas every hour to the plants.

The contract will be funded by a partnership of three companies - Chivas Brothers, Diageo and Ian MacLeod Distillers.

Importantly, the connection to the gas network will help reduce the distilleries’ carbon footprints by cutting their reliance on fuel oil and ending the need for delivery by road tankers during the summer months. As a result of the limitations of the current local gas infrastructure, the new pipeline will enable the distilleries to receive a gas supply from April 1 until September 30 each year, when domestic usage is lower.

Scheduled to begin in August 2015, the contract follows on from Fulcrum’s completion of a 16-mile pipeline connecting four other Speyside distilleries in 2014. This previous project brought gas to Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Tormore and Tomintoul distilleries on behalf of Chivas Brothers, Diageo and Angus Dundee.

Martin Donnachie, chief executive of Fulcrum, said: “We are delighted to be further endorsing our relationship with Scotland’s historic whisky industry by the award of this second prestigious contract. We look forward to working with them on delivering a sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly utilities service.”