Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Moss­man Mill pro­cessed 40,468 tonnes of cane for the week at an av­er­age crush­ing rate of 334 t/hr with plant avail­abil­ity above bud­get. Rain events at the start of week 15 re­sulted in some cane sup­ply short­falls, and mid-week and planned main­te­nance was sched­uled in and around these events to re­duced fac­tory down­time. The sig­nif­i­cant fac­tory is­sues dur­ing the week re­volved around restart­ing the plant fol­low­ing these events, and the fail­ure of the vari­able speed drive on the cane cross car­rier that had to be changed out late in the week. In­com­ing dirt lev­els were also high in these con­di­tions. The CCS lev­els dropped this week due to the rain and the cane trans­port and har­vest­ing groups have been chal­lenged to keep sup­ply up to the mill dur­ing the week with the wet con­di­tions. CCS for the week av­er­aged 11.60. CCS to date is 514,877 tonnes. Crop es­ti­mate is 850,000 tonnes.

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