The 2017 crush­ing sea­son is on track to hit its quota

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

THE lat­est fig­ures are in for the 2017 crush­ing sea­son, which is turn­ing out bet­ter than first ex­pected.

Wil­mar Su­gar’s Plane Creek Mill posted high su­gar con­tent num­bers, and has crushed 40 per cent of its quota, with about 477,000 tonnes of cane crushed by Au­gust 18.

A spokesman for Plane Creek said: “Av­er­age weekly CCS is likely to climb above 14 units for the first time this sea­son. It’s cur­rently track­ing at 14.1 units – a jump of al­most half a unit on last week.

“We in­stalled the new mas­ter tur­bine gear­box on the shred­der last week, which helped lift crush­ing rates,” the spokesman said.

“Is­sues with the vac­uum pans restricted the rate ear­lier this week, but this has now been re­solved fol­low­ing a short clean­ing stop.”

The three of the re­gion’s mills run by Mackay Su­gar, Far­leigh, Mar­ian, and Race­course, crushed a to­tal of 222,846 tonnes for the week end­ing Au­gust 20.

The only sig­nif­i­cant stop for the week was recorded at Far­leigh mill with re­pairs to one of the scraper plates and the pri­mary juice tank.

Mar­ian Mill con­ducted a suc­cess­ful main­te­nance day with all jobs com­pleted as sched­uled.

The to­tal cane crushed for the sea­son is 2,076,417 or 39.93% with an av­er­age PRS at 12.27.

Proser­pine Mill, run by Wil­mar, has now crushed a to­tal of 541,000 tonnes of cane, or 34 per cent of its al­lo­cated crop.

A Wil­mar spokesper­son said:

“We’ve seen a no­tice­able im­prove­ment in milling train and boiler sta­bil­ity since last week’s planned main­te­nance stop.

“Min­i­mal down­time this week should see higher-than-bud­geted through­put, and the mill re­mains ahead of bud­get for the sea­son to date.

“Av­er­age weekly CCS is cur­rently 13.5 units, which is about two units above bud­get.”

PHOTO: JONATHAN REICHARD

SWEET RE­SULT: Plane Creek Mill in Sa­rina has re­ported the best su­gar con­tent fig­ures.

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