Weekly crush report on Plane Creek Mill and Proserpine Mill. Picture: Liana Turner
Weekly crush report on Plane Creek Mill and Proserpine Mill. Picture: Liana Turner

Sugar mill passes one million tonne milestone

WILMAR Sugar's Plane Creek Mill passed the one million tonne milestone for the season this week.

The mill has processed 84 per cent of the revised total crop of 1.22 million tonnes.

Plane Creek Region cane supply manager Jim Kirchner said more than 61,000 tonnes of cane were crushed for week 18.

"This was a good weekly throughput, given there was a 12-hour planned maintenance stop and a disruption to cane supply due to a grass fire on land adjacent to Wilmar Sugar's cane storage yard at Shannon's Flat," Mr Kirchner said.

"CCS figures edged slightly higher by 0.02 of a unit over the previous week, to average 15.83 units."

Week 18 crush report for Plane Creek Mill
Week 18 crush report for Plane Creek Mill

 

He said it pushed the CCS past 14 units for the first time this year, closing out at 14.07 units.

"The highest CCS was 18.4 units from a rake of Q208 Plant from the Yucan productivity district," Mr Kirchner said.

Wilmar Sugar's Proserpine Mill processed almost 72,000 tonnes of cane for the week.

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Proserpine Mill cane supply manager Tony Marino said Proserpine Mill processed 72,000 tonnes of cane for the week.

"There was an extended stop on Monday to isolate a failed bagasse bin reclaimer, enabling operations to resume on the second reclaimer," he said.

Week 17 crush report for Proserpine mill
Week 17 crush report for Proserpine mill

 

He said a scheduled maintenance day was held on Thursday.

Mr Marino said the last day of harvesting for the 2020 season was expected to be Wednesday, November 11.

"This is based on a revised expected final crop of 1.56 million tonnes, budgeted factory throughputs and no further rain disruptions," he added.

"While the fine weather is ideal for harvesting, the crop is drying out and bin weights continue to drop.

"The average bin weight last week was 9.19 tonnes.

"Weekly CCS still averaged a healthy 15.41."

Mr Marino said the highest CCS sample was 18.03 from a rake of fourth ratoon Q183 in the Lethebrook Productivity District.

 

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