A SPEYSIDE distillery has been given the green light to build an anaerobic digestion energy plant.
The facility will use the waste materials from the distilling process, spent malt barleyu and pot ale, which will be pumped to the site from the main distillery.
The biogas produced from the process will either be cleaned and injected into the national gas network or processed by a number of gas engines to generate electricity, which will be exported via the national grid.
The plant would produce 3.5 megawatts of electricty per hour and would be constant throughout the year.
The anaerobic digester will provide heat and steam for the distillery processes on site.
The plant will be built on what is currently a 1.6 hectare open field in the south-east corner of the distillery site.
Members of Moray Council’s planning committee heard that the plant will reduce the number of vehicle movements to and from the distillery site, reducing its carbon footprint.
The residue from the digesters, once the methane has been extracted, will be exported for use as animal feed or fertilizer.
The new plant was unanimously approved by councillors.