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Mill breaks down

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, June 21, 2014

AN issue with the turbine at the Rarawai sugar mill in Ba forced the factory to reschedule its start of crush on Thursday.

Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman Abdul Khan said because of problems with the mill's four megawatt turbine, the start-of-crush was moved from morning to the evening as technicians worked on the turbine.

"Unfortunately, it was an issue that did not arise during trial runs and tests," he said.

"We managed to get the problem fixed and the mill began operations at 9pm on Thursday night."

Mr Khan said cane supply to the mill was satisfactory but he was optimistic this would improve as crushing progressed.

"Farmers will wait and see how the mill progresses and we expect cane supply to improve as crushing continues."

Meanwhile, Mr Khan said mechanical issues at the Penang mill in Rakiraki had been resolved and the factory was expected to begin crushing on June 27.

Lautoka will begin operations on July 1.

The FSC forecasted an estimated crush of about two million tonnes of cane and the production of between 210,000 to 215,000 tonnes of sugar this season.

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