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Whether it’s a craft distillery or large scale, we can support you from the early stages of building a distillery to upgrading and operating.

How can we support the process design of your new distillery?

  • Sizing equipment to ensure production capacity (both distillation & mashing) within available footprint.
  • Process engineering design of full distillery, including energy and mass balances, P&IDs and mashing cycle.
  • Sizing equipment , including pumps, heat exchangers, control valves, flow meters, tanks, stills, mash tun and boiler.
  • Project management of full pipework and equipment manufacture and installation.
  • Commissioning of distilleries until client performance parameters met and satisfied.
  • Distillery engineering
  • Malt whisky, whiskey, grain, gin and rum

Distilling and DSEAR

The craft distillery sector is booming in the UK, with the number of gin distilleries almost tripling from 128 in 2012 to an incredible 361 in 2019, and more than 130 active whisky distilleries in Scotland alone.

With so many newcomers to the sector, operators may be unaware of their duties under The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations, 2002 (DSEAR). Since the processing of grains and cereals, and the distilling and storage of alcohol present the risk of explosion, you must identify and control these hazards to protect workers and members of the public.

Even without a serious incident that results in damage, injury or loss of life, non-compliance can have serious consequences, with those found in breach of DSEAR subject to heavy fines or even jail time.

We can support distillers of all sizes with all aspects of DSEAR compliance and distillery engineering – from hazardous area classification and preparing risk assessments to selection of equipment and design of engineering solutions. To find out more, please visit

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