Planning for 2018
WITH the 2017 crush now behind us, work crews are completing the wash down at Plane Creek Mill and preparing to implement a $5.4 million capital works program over the next six months.
This year’s capital program includes modifications to the design of number two boiler to increase its steam capacity and shore up our steam supply for the future.
The number one intermediate carrier chain and drive that has caused us a few headaches over the years will be replaced.
This will improve reliability in the crushing station and achieve greater standardisation within the factory.
We will manufacture an additional 175 four-tonne cane bins at our Plane Creek workshop.
There will also be a major upgrade to the bin handling station to speed up the process of uncoupling and recoupling bins.
A key focus for Plane Creek Mill will be on improving reliability rates with a view to lifting the factory’s annual throughput from around
1.3 million tonnes to
1.6 million tonnes over the next five years or so.
With this target in mind, Wilmar managers met with the Plane Creek area committee recently to discuss future cane expansion projects in the Plane Creek area.
The biggest of these is a 1500ha parcel of land south of Carmila which is being developed for cane production. About 200ha has already been planted. This cane will provide a seed source for next year’s commercial planting.
We expect the first cane from this development to come through the mill in 2019.
Our cane supply and transport team is currently working on loco schedules and cane siding utilisation to ensure existing growers in the expansion area are not adversely impacted by the expansion.
The team will meet with southern area growers early next year to discuss plans around schedules and sidings.
BIG BUCKS: $5.4 million capital works program will be implemented at Plane Creek Mill over the next six months.