Jim Beam to invest $400m in bourbon-to-biogas project


As part of a $400m investment into the expansion of production at its Booker Noe distillery in Boston, Kentucky, Jim Beam bourbon whiskey producer Beam Suntory will also build a facility to convert spent grains into biogas.

Working alongside 3 Rivers Energy Partners (3 Rivers), a facility is to be built nearby that will use anaerobic digestors to convert spent stillage from bourbon production to biogas. 

After being treated to renewable natural gas (RNG) standards, the biogas will be piped directly back to the Booker Noe facility to be used as part of a 65% biogas – 35% fossil-based natural gas blend. 

The digestors will also produce a fertiliser to be made available to farmers across the region. 

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