In 2017 a number of equipment upgrades were undertaken at the Montrose site which was grant funded through the Scottish Government by ‘The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development’
These upgrades included the following :
- Converting the grain driers to natural gas: Previously the driers ran off LPG which was delivered to on-site tanks by lorry as required. Now the natural gas main has been connected to Angus Cereals to replace the LPG supply. This will reduce the cost of drying and the uncertainty of gas supply during busy periods.
- The Installation of electrical inverters to reduce the kVa requirements. Previously due to the need to secure the necessary electrical load required during the busy intake period the business had to pay a high standing charge for kVa requirement. To help reduce the electrical kVa requirement usage Angus Cereals have installed inverters on the 18 drier fans and 13 other motors. The resulting drop in electrical kWh usage and reduction in kVa requirement will pay for these inverters in under 5 years.
- Installation of new intake cleaners. This has enabled the facility to handle and clean crops with higher moisture, admixture and coarse impurities than was previously difficult. This in turn leads to:
-Improved product quality
-reduced system breakdowns through choking of aspirators and holding silos, leading to improved intake rates and
-improved health and safety outcomes for staff