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Mill stoppage improves

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, November 25, 2017

MILL stoppages in Lautoka and Rarawai had improved significantly during the 2017 harvesting season.

This was revealed by FSC board chairman Vishnu Mohan who said under the new management team, the sugar factories registered significant improvements in their manufacturing results compared with 2016.

"We are pleased to note that this year, following improved management focus under the new FSC team our sugar factories registered significant improvements in their manufacturing results compared to last year, notably Lautoka and Rarawai," he said.

"All key indicators showed improvements — more cane was crushed, mill breakdowns were reduced, waiting times at the mills were lower, cane dumping has ceased and mill stoppages have largely become a non-issue.

"This resulted in improved efficiency levels at Lautoka which recorded a 32 per cent reduction in mill breakdowns with Rarawai achieving a 37 per cent reduction in the same period. Overall, cane supply stoppages reduced by 17 per cent.

"Performances at Labasa was, however, not as settled as last season."

He said recovery of sugar also improved this year.

"Sugar recoveries were also better than 2016 with tonnes of cane per tonne of sugar (TCTS) reducing by nine per cent to 9.1 per cent for the year.

"Sugar production of 180,169 tonnes was achieved compared to 139,531 tonnes manufactured in 2016 — an increase year on year of just over 29 per cent."

He said an independent factory technical review has been completed for all factories to identify areas that needed to be upgraded.

"This will include major refurbishment of the Lautoka diffuser, boilers and power station, new sugar processing equipment for Rarawai and upgrading of the shredder and milling equipment at Labasa.

"Further improvements in factory performance are expected next season following this work."

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