New deal will lift supply to Atherton
THE deal between Mackay Sugar – owners of the Mossman Mill – and Tableland millers MSF, has been extended for three seasons.
The new deal, arranged last week, applies from this season until 2018 and will mean less tonnage of sugar cane being transported down the Rex Range road than there was last year, the first season under the joint crushing arrangement.
Last year, about 250,000 tonnes of cane was toll crushed at the Tableland Mill; for the 2016-2018 seasons 400,000 tonnes of Mackay Sugar-contracted cane will be processed at Tableland Mill.
Mackay Sugar CEO Jason Lowry said the tolling agreement was mutually beneficial and would enable MSF Sugar to ustilise its current spare capacity at the Tableland Mill while providing a shorter crushing season for Mackay Sugar’s Tableland and Mossman growers.
MSF Sugar chief executive Mike Barry said the arrangement was good news all round.
“Tableland Mill will continue to operate under a sevenday operation for the term of the new agreement,” he said.
Both the Mossman and Tableland mills are expected to handle a crop of around 820,000 tonnes in the 2016 season, with both mills starting the crush in late May.
One of Qube’s B-doubles that does the Rex Range run