67,913 TONNES OF CANE WERE CRUSHED AT ALL THREE MILLS LAST WEEK

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz - Source: Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion

Heavy rain was re­ceived across all ar­eas of the cane belt on Satur­day and Sun­day last week.

All the three Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion mills were af­fected and had to stop for low cane sup­ply on Satur­day 27th Sun­day, July 28, 2019.

Notwith­stand­ing this, for the last week a to­tal of 67,913 tonnes of cane was crushed at all three mills, bring­ing the sea­son to date crush to­tal to 346,602 tonnes. Sugar made was 31,555 tonnes and TCTS (tonnes cane to tonnes sugar) im­proved to 10.9 for the sea­son to date.

A state­ment from FSC said: “Lau­toka mill com­pleted its sev­enth week of op­er­a­tions, and ran well crush­ing 24,871 tonnes of cane for the week (83 per cent of bud­get), with 2,149 cane lor­ries off­loaded at an av­er­age of 358 per day for the week.

“The mill ex­pe­ri­enced a con­veyor break­down on Mon­day 22nd July which was fixed and the mill restarted early on Tues­day 23rd July.

“On Fri­day, July 26 a re­place­ment elec­tric motor had to be in­stalled on the main boiler feeder con­veyor, re­sult­ing in a day shift stop. Oth­er­wise no other ma­jor stop­pages dur­ing the week, other than for rain on Satur­day and Sun­day.

“Rarawai mill com­pleted its 3rd week of op­er­a­tions and con­tin­ued to fine tune and con­sol­i­date the op­er­a­tions of their re-fur­bished boiler.

“The mill crushed 13,917 tonnes of cane for the week (65 per cent of bud­get), with 1,196 cane lor­ries off­loaded at an av­er­age of 200 per day for the week.

“The ma­jor ar­eas of at­ten­tion on the Rarawai boiler are fuel feed­ing and ash dis­posal, and these were at­tended to via op­er­at­ing ad­just­ments made on Thurs­day 25th July and Fri­day 26th July.

“Close at­ten­tion con­tin­ues to be given to the boiler op­er­a­tions and the mill re­sumed crush­ing at 6am on Mon­day 29th July af­ter stop­ping for rain on Satur­day and Sun­day last week.

“Labasa mill com­pleted its 7th week of op­er­a­tions and con­tin­ues to run well, crush­ing 29,125 tonnes of cane for the week (10 per cent above bud­get), with 2,385 cane lor­ries off­loaded at an av­er­age of 398 per day for the week.

“Heavy rain in Labasa stopped cane sup­ply to the mill on Satur­day and Sun­day. No other ma­jor stop­pages were ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the past week.

The mill re­sumed crush­ing at Mid­night on Sun­day 28th July .”

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