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Pernod Ricard, Ireland

Pernod Ricard, Ireland

    • Client:
    • Irish Distillers, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
    • Consultant:
    • PM Group, Cork, Ireland
    • Project Description:
    • Whiskey distillery capacity expansion project
    • Work-Scope:
    • Electrical and instrumentation services
    • Value:
    • € 5.5M

Project Description

Brief Description

In December of 2012 Pernod Ricard announced a €100m investment at its plant at Midleton, Co. Cork, to meet increasing demands for its Jameson whiskey worldwide. With production at full capacity, the decision was taken to expand the Midleton plant significantly with the building of a new Brew-house, Column Still-house and Distillation Columns Building.

Kirby has a long association with Pernod Ricard through their Irish Distillers business and has been involved in the installation of electrical and instrumentation services within their production buildings and ancillary bonded storage warehouses for many years.

On this specific project, Kirby installed the electrical and instrumentation services within the Still-house and Distillation Columns buildings. This involved installing all main power distribution, motive power, instrumentation, lighting, general services and ancillary systems associated with equipment such as pot stills, condensers, separators, columns, vessels and tanks. Other equipment included ancillary plant such as pumps, heat exchangers, variable speed drives etc in both buildings and the external tank farms. All installation work was undertaken within ATEX / Hazardous Area classified zones with particular emphasis being placed on the quality of installed services including glanding and terminations.

Overcoming Challenges

The objective of the project was to double production capacity on site. All areas of the facility were affected by very substantial construction work, during which, continuity of distilling operations was considered of paramount importance. Through careful planning, off-site fabrication and the close working relationship between all project stakeholders, the investment was completed on schedule and within the overall budget figure allocated.