British alcoholic beverages company Diageo has announced plans to invest about $115m over a period of three years to build distillery in Shelby County, Kentucky.

The company will build six barrel storage warehouses in the region, in addition to the 1.8 million proof gallon distillery.

According to the company, finalisation of the plans is still subject to approval by local government.

The proposed facility will distill various existing and future Diageo bourbon and North American Whiskey brands.

Diageo, which plans to purchase about 300 acres of property located on Benson Pike in Shelby County, hopes that the construction project will provide a significant number of jobs.

Diageo North America president Larry Schwartz said the proposed investment in Shelby County, in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country, will cement the company’s commitment to expanding its share of the American whiskey category.

"Diageo has a long tradition within the craft of whiskey-making and we look forward to bringing this artisanship to the new distillery," Schwartz added.

Diageo claims that the proposed distillery will be designed to fit in with the surrounding countryside and measures will be taken to conserve the natural landscape in the area during construction.

The company, which aims to achieve zero waste to landfill in its operations in Kentucky, plans to collaborate with the local community for the recycling and reuse of materials generated from the proposed facility.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said, "Distilled spirits remain a marquee industry in the Commonwealth, and Diageo’s new distillery will ensure that even more Kentucky bourbon is enjoyed around the globe."