French winery fits second ELGi compressor15 January 2021

Château Ollieux Romanis - picture: C Deschamps

The second AB Series oil-free screw air compressor has been installed at Château Ollieux Romanis, a producer of premium organic wine, in the French Languedoc region.

The two AB series units, AB37 VFD and AB30 VFD, will support the nitrogen blanketing and bottling of the wine.

Pierre Bories, owner of the Château Ollieux Romanis winery, said: "When selecting an air compressor partner for our production processes, two factors played a critical role in our decision: the highest quality of air at the lowest lifecycle cost. Ensuring zero risk of oil contamination to meet our strict quality standards was of utmost importance for us. The oil-free air guarantees oil-free nitrogen that we use during the blanketing process. Blanketing with oil- and micro-biologically free nitrogen safeguards the wine from getting contaminated, and avoids variations in taste or colour, while ensuring the desired shelf life. We installed our first ELGi AB Series compressor in time for the bottling process in March 2020 and it has performed flawlessly." The second unit is intended to expand the system's capacity.

Nils Blanchard, representative of ELGi Compressors Europe, said: “The AB series is built around a single stage water-injected screw element, with an inbuilt microbial inhibition and water replenishment system. The units are designed to run at low speeds and can operate at high ambient temperatures.”

The ELGi AB Series complies with the ISO8573-1 plus ISO8573-7 norms ensuring zero traces of microbial contaminants.

Founded in 1868, Ollieux Romanis is one of the largest privately owned wineries in the Corbières, spanning 130 hectares. It produces over 800,000 bottles of premium organic wine.

Operations Engineer

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