Helius Energy and the Combination of Rothes Distillers (CoRD) have announced the creation of a joint venture called Helius CoRDe, which is to build and operate a 7.2 MWe CHP plant, to be fuelled with whisky distillery by-products, to reduce the carbon footprint of the whisky industry on Speyside, Scotland, UK.

The proposed £50 million project will use the by-product to fuel a ‘GreenSwitch’ biomass CHP plant and a ‘GreenFields’ plant which will turn the liquid co-product of whisky production, known as Pot Ale, into a concentrated organic fertiliser and an animal feed for use by local farmers.

Helius CoRDe builds on the ongoing cooperation between biomass-to-power company Helius Energy and CoRD by creating a company responsible for the financing, construction and operation of the new plant. The project could save more than 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year when compared to CoRD’s current energy use.

It is anticipated that engineering procurement and construction contracts will be awarded shortly, allowing construction to begin in early 2010, with around 2 years for construction and building.