Mill up­grades dust col­lec­tors

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Moya Stevens

AL­THOUGH con­fi­dence is high at the Moss­man Cen­tral Mill, ac­cord­ing to mill man­ager Haydn Slat­tery it’s ex­pected this year’s cane crush will be down a lit­tle on last year.

“Over­all we are ex­pect­ing a slightly lower crush due to the weather so far, as it hasn’t been as sunny as would have hoped,” Mr Slat­tery told the

An­other is­sue, he said, is that the grow­ers have not planted as much cane as last year, be­cause of the rain dur­ing the crush­ing sea­son.

“We plan to send about 300,000 tonnes to toll crush and process 900,000 tonnes here in Moss­man,” he said, “whereas last year we sent off 400,000 tonnes.”

As well as the sched­uled main­te­nance pro­gram at the mill in full swing over ‘the slack’, own­ers Mackay Sugar have also spent $1m on the dry dust col­lec­tors.

“This ex­pen­di­ture is the fi­nal stage of our emis­sions man­age­ment strat­egy,” Mr Slat­tery said.

“This money rep­re­sents both re­fur­bish­ing of old col­lec­tors and the in­stal­la­tion of new ones.”

The mill’s cap­i­tal works pro­gram has fo­cused on the milling train.

Mr Slat­tery an­nounced a start for the next crush.

“We will have a 23-week sea­son, open­ing on June 5 and run­ning through to the sec­ond week of Novem­ber,” he said, “and within that we have al­lowed for 10 days of wet weather when crops can’t be har­vested.”

Last year there were 14 days of wet weather but the mill is us­ing 10 days as the his­tor­i­cal av­er­age.

Mr Slat­tery is also con­fi­dent of a higher Com­mer­cial Cane Sugar (CCS) of the crop this year.

“As last year was quite wet and the cane con­tin­ued to grow through­out the whole crush­ing sea­son, this af­fected the sugar con­tent,” Mr Slat­tery said.

“We are ex­pect­ing this sea­son’s har­vest to have a CCS of 12.9 com­pared to last year’s 11.6.

“This of course is more of a ‘desk-top es­ti­mate’.”

Moss­man Mill man­ager Haydn Slat­tery

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