A 3km pipeline is being built in
Belgium to transfer beer beneath
the city of Bruges from the vats
of the De Halve Maan brewery in
the centre of the town to its
bottling plant on the outskirts.
Xavier Vanneste, De Halve Maan’s
chief executive, said: “At the
moment, our huge tankers have
constantly to make their way through
the narrow streets of Bruges. That’s
no longer sustainable. This beer
pipeline means that we’ll be able to
remain in the city.”
Around 6,000 litres an hour can be
transported at a speed of 15 to
20km/h, with an average journey
time of 10 to 15 minutes.
Vanneste told EuroNews : “This is
stronger than a steel pipe. It’s really
very strong. So we are quite
confident that no leaks or illegal
tapping points will be there.”
A map of the tunnel route (The De Halve
Maan brewery)
The project will allow De Halve
Maan to continue producing beer in
Bruges as it has done for 500 years.
The tunnel is expected to be
completed this summer. There is
currently no news of an extension to
the UK.