FSC’s Lau­toka Mill open­ing de­layed

Fiji Sun - - BUSINESS - CHARLES CHAM­BERS RARAWAI, BA

The open­ing of the crush­ing sea­son for the Lau­toka Sugar Mill which was to have been done to­day has been de­layed.

Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gra­ham Clark said a tech­ni­cal is­sue had forced the de­lay. “Un­for­tu­nately we’ve had a tech­ni­cal is­sue at the Lau­toka Mill that will see its open­ing de­layed,” Mr Clark said.

“Our team is work­ing around the clock to fix a boiler is­sue that oc­curred dur­ing our pre-open­ing tests and we’ll be able to an­nounce a firmer open­ing date for the Lau­toka Mill soon.”

In the mean­time Mr Clark re­minded the gen­eral pub­lic to be mind­ful of the in­creased traf­fic on the roads and rail­ways as cane haulage be­gins.

“The pub­lic’s safety is para­mount and I urge all pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists to please be cau­tions of the cane trucks and trains as the sugar cane crush­ing sea­son comes into full ef­fect in the Western Di­vi­sion,” Mr Clark said.

Some sugar cane har­vested for the Lau­toka Mill were seen be­ing trans­ported to the Rarawai Mill in Ba which opened its crush­ing sea­son yes­ter­day.

Labasa Mill

The Labasa mill has set­tled well within two weeks and has crushed 26,748 tonnes of cane, pro­duc­ing a to­tal of 1,766 tonnes of sugar and 370 tonnes of mo­lasses as of 8am on Mon­day, June 22.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Sugar Yo­gesh Karan said up un­til Mon­day, there has been no in­side stops and the mill recorded an av­er­age of 12.3 TCTS in week. How­ever in the 24 hours up un­til yes­ter­day, the TCTS had dropped to 10.0.

“FSC ex­pects to reduce this fur­ther be­low 10 in com­ing days and I thank every­one that is in­volved in the process,” Mr Karan said.

“The mill’s achieve­ment is 25 per­cent lower than the bud­get be­cause I have been in­formed that only 55 per cent of gangs have started har­vest­ing.”

He said the mo­men­tum at the mill would pickup from this week.

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