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Borders distillery submits plans for bio plant

The Three Stills Company (TTSC) has revealed plans to build a zero-waste facility on the site of its new distillery in the Scottish Borders.

An artist’s impression of the new Scottish Borders distillery

TTSC received approval to convert a disused industrial site in Hawick into a Scotch whisky distillery and visitors’ centre in July last year.

The company is now seeking planning permission to install a bio plant comprising of anaerobic digestion to convert the by-products generated from the distillery into biogas that can be used in the form of steam.

According to TTSC’s planning application, it would also reduce disposal costs of discharging directly to a sewer.

The application states that the on-site digestion technology “will have a major impact on the long-term viability of the site, helping to protect jobs and boost the local economy”.

Founded by former William Grant executives John Fordyce, Tim Carton, Tony Roberts and George Tait, the new distillery secured £10 million for the project in November last year.

The distillery could become the first to open in the Scottish Borders in 180 years, but Mossburn Distillers and R&B Distillers are also planning distilleries in the region.


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