Posts Tagged ‘Wine’

Expansion of Wellington Whisky Distillery

By Logichem Admin

Logichem recently completed the expansion of Distell’s Sedgwick whisky distillery, the home of the award-winning Three Ships whisky product range.

Planning for this expansion started as long ago as August 2007, with final project approval in July 2008.  The project involved the upgrade of virtually every facility on the site, infrastructure as well as production.  Project budget exceeded R150 million.  A high degree of automation was incorporated to ensure consistent quality and enable the upgraded plant to be operated by substantially the same number of personnel.

The major features of the expansion were:

  • New maize and malt off-loading and milling plant
  • New wort mashing plant
  • New Fermentation Cellar
  • New Distillation plant featuring thermo-compressor energy saving technology
  • Two new 20,000 litre copper pot stills for malt whisky
  • New Blending cellar (> 3 million litres)
  • Two new 10 t/h boilers
  • Upgrade of cooling water system
  • New Effluent treatment plant
  • New plant-wide PLC/SCADA control system
  • New electrical connection, transformers and site-wide reticulation
  • Upgrade of existing whisky and gin distillation plants and migration to new PLC/SCADA

The new Mashing and Distillation plants were supplied by Logichem on a turnkey basis, while the balance of the project (excluding civil construction) was executed by Logichem on an EPCM (engineering, procurement & construction management) basis.

The first whisky was produced on the new plant in May 2010, after a very successful start-up.

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Alcohol recovery plant exported to Australia

By Logichem Admin

Logichem’s first export to Australia was commissioned in February 2010.  This was a plant designed to recover alcohol from a membrane permeate stream, emanating from a process used in the production of low-alcohol wine.  This was Logichem’s 3rd order from the client.  The other two plants were for the South African and USA markets.

The challenging feature of the Australian plant was that it had to be trailer-able, limiting the maximum height to 2,5 meters.  This is a severely uncomfortable limit for a distillation plant, requiring the column to be split into 3 sections.  The plant was of skid-mounted design, and built into a framework of 1.8m wide x 3.5m long x 2.5m high.

The plant operates under vacuum to limit the operating temperature to avoid heat-damage to the product.  The heat source is electricity, a clean and convenient source available at all cellars.  A high degree of automation is involved to limit operator supervision requirements.

Prior to shipping, the plant was fully tested and commissioned at a local host cellar, and met all its design specifications.

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