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Diageo’s Project Phoenix Inches Closer to Completion

March 20th, 2013

Diageo is currently developing a new state of the art brewing facility at St. James Gate in the heart of Dublin. The development will consist of a brewhouse facility, new grain intake and associated silos, production offices and laboratories. The development will represent a €153 million investment in the St James Gate brewery and over 300 jobs being created during the construction phase.

Project Phoenix also represents a major commitment from Diageo to continue the traditional brewing of Guinness in Dublin City since 1759.

Malone Engineering Group is proud to play a part in this exciting new development, as the new brewery will be the first of its kind on the island of Ireland and will use state-of-the-art plant and processes to minimise energy consumption and will be partly responsible for brewing 40,000,000 pints of stout and beer each week.

The new facility will allow Diageo to develop new experimental ales in their laboratories and also brew on a 24/7 production basis. This is particularly important when demand increases due to seasonal orders. Think Paddy’s Day, Arthur’s Day and don’t forget Christmas!!

The construction phase of this project started in summer 2012 and the new brewery will begin production of its famed beer on the 21th June 2013.

Recently the enormous vessels for the brewing process were brought onsite and fitted into position. The largest of these vessels, standalmost 10 stories high at almost 85.5 feet tall and weighing 28 tonnes while empty and over 500 tonnes when filled, is capable of holding just under 1,000,000 pints of Guinness. In addition work has begun on the construction of the new brewhouse with external cladding being fitted making the brewhouse waterproof.

The entire process of brewing the infamous stout runs through an overhead piperack connected to the tanker station. Essentially the overhead piperack is the pulmonary system for the new brewhouse.

While the construction phase is underway full production is continuing on at the legendary St. James Gate brewery, ensuring that millions of pints are continually produced each day.

Malone Engineering Group was commissioned by Krones UK Ltd and ITM to act as site safety advisors during the construction of the new brewery. Our involvement in the process was to provide

  • Support with the design process
  • Coordination of Design Risk Assessments and HAZOP
  • Coordination with PSCS and Client
  • Develop a site safety management system
  • Coordinate training to management and site operatives
  • Develop method statements and risk assessments
  • Coordination of lifting activities
  • Manage daily permits to work and safe plan of actions
  • Audits of safety standards compliance at the work sit