Power outage disrupts production at Griffin Brewery

Image above: Fuller’s Griffin Brewery; photograph Nick Raikes

“Catastrophic power failure”

Fuller’s Griffin Brewery has suffered a “catastrophic power failure” which has disrupted production for several days since Tuesday 14 June. Owners Asahi have confirmed the outage resulted from a fault in the power lines connecting the site to the mains supply.

“There were no incidents associated with the outage” they told The Chiswick Calendar “and all colleagues working at the site are safe.

“We are working with external civil contractors to rectify the fault.”

The company has brought in generators to support operations. One local resident, alerted to the ongoing problem by the noise of the generators, was told by one of the engineers the fault was located, with some difficulty, under layers of concrete at the main Mawson Lane gate, where the main input cable appears to have been damaged years ago during construction work and the repair has worn out.

Image above: Fuller’s Griffin Brewery

Site remains open, orders being met

The engineer said this had involved a big digging job, which is now complete, and they are now laying a new section of cable.

Residents understand two generators being imported to provide temporary supply are stuck in a UK port, so the contractor has had to hire the large megawatt diesel generator in Amos Yard,  which according to those who live nearby is producing “the very high volume of noise affecting all properties at the western end of the Mall and Church St.”

They have been told they will have to live with the generator noise for around a week, day and night, as the company has no alternative, but the engineers are working round the clock to fix the problem, but that the contractors hope to have the job finished by Tuesday 21 June.

Asahi told The Chiswick Calendar:

“The site remains open, and we are continuing to fulfil customer orders.”

The site has remained operational, Asahi tell us. They started some brewing again on Thursday and there has been ‘minimal’ wastage. Tours of the brewery were cancelled last week until further notice and the shop, which should have been busy over Father’s Day weekend, has also remained closed. Tours are on sale and the shop expects to be open again from Tuesday.

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