12:18 Thursday 13 February 2014

Images for £75 million Molson Coors investment

Written byHELEN KREFT

A BURTON brewing giant has revealed its latest plans for a yeast handing and beer filtration facility as part of its ongoing £75 million investment into the site.

Molson Coors, in Station Street, has submitted its latest application to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department for permission to build the facility which will include the installation of two storage vessels, and new pipe bridges. It will also mean the demolition of redundant pipebridges.

In August 2011, Molson Coors announced it would be investing an additional £15 million per year into the site over five years.

Already, the investment has seen the installation of a new shrink wrap film facility and a state of the art bottling line. A new energy centre will open early this year.

In its design statement, the brewing giant said: “The project will look to concentrate much of the beer processing operations for North Brewery in one efficient location, in a modern purpose designed beer processing facility, adjacent to the fermenting and maturation facility, and relatively close to existing bright beer tanks and the new energy centre.”

Located within the single storey building which will include a two-storey middle section, it will also contain offices, laboratory and workshop at ground floor level.

It will be used to enable increased production accommodation and associated vessel installations.

The proposal relates to the northern corner of the site, adjacent to the railway line.

The area is presently used for process buildings, equipment and associated plant including a number of, predominantly large, vessels. The proposed building will be used for two main process areas, yeast Handling and Beer

Filtration, transitions to/from storage vessels via linked and contained pipework systems, including feeds linking through other production and packaging areas of the brewery.

The energy centre, created as part of the ‘brewing renaissance’ replaced the obsolete maltings tower which was bulldozed in 2012.

It is hoped the centre will cut the brewery’s greenhouse gas use by 20 per cent by 2020.

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