From their production facility in Cumbernauld, AG Barr Plc produces some of Scotland’s favourite drinks. This includes Irn Bru, Strathmore Water and Rockstar. Wishing to upgrade the site and expand, AG Barr faced either a substantial upgrade fee from Scottish Power in excess of £1,000,000 or to think outside the box and find other ways of delivering additional power.
The natural fit for them was to look at a wind turbine which would not only deliver this additional power but also deliver a community benefit to the local residents.
Absolute were asked to deliver a private wire power purchase agreement for AG Bar Plc on behalf of a private funder. The project was delivered on time and on budget with both the funder and AG Barr happy with the delivery of the project and end result.
The turbine installed was an EWT DW54-500 500kW turbine mounted on a 40m tower at the Cumbernauld bottling facility. Down time costs AG Barr money and so every shut down was either aligned with a pre-planned shut down of the plant or in a time when production was least affected. We had to liaise with multiple parties and arrange road closures, grid connection and turbine installation with EWT and the crane operators.
The installed turbine benefits AG Barr by reducing the cost of energy, helping to preserve jobs and spreading benefit to the wider community through the establishment of a community benefit scheme.
“We produce 30 million cases of drinks per annum from our Cumbernauld facility. Positioned on the edge of an industrial estate and with the open aspect is ideal for a wind turbine. The turbine produces 8-10% of our energy needs.We chose Absolute as they came recommended to us and had experience in this field and in complex connections”.
- Andrew Memmott, Supply Chain Director, AG Barr Plc