The 2017 crushing season is on track to hit its quota
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.”
SWEET RESULT: Plane Creek Mill in Sarina has reported the best sugar content figures.