Mill upgrades dust collectors
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