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$30m for FSC mill upgrades

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has embarked on a $30 million capital investment and maintenance program in all the country's three mills - Lautoka, Labasa and Rarawai in Ba.

In a recent statement, the miller said it was satisfied with the progress of repairs and maintenance program in preparation for the 2018 crushing season.

Among the major rehabilitation and repair works are upgrades to the Lautoka mill's diffuser " where sucrose is extracted from the cane" that is currently being rehabilitated with sub-system and internal components being modified.

"The diffuser's bed chain is being upgraded and replaced to enhance its internal structural integrity," the FSC statement read.

"Some of the machine's core frames have been replaced and its concrete floors will be refurbished.

"All these changes are being carried out to enhance its efficiency and bring about reliability in its functionality, thereby improving its extraction performance.

"Repairs are also being carried out to the mill's 12 megawatts (MW) turbo-alternator.

"There will also be new electrical protection for the mill's generators - which involves an overhaul of its electrical control system and electrical protection for both the turbine and diesel generators."

The FSC said repairs and maintenance at Rarawai had primarily been the refurbishment of both its 5MW and 4MW turbo generators.

"This will be supplemented with four new batch vacuum pans being added to its production line to improve throughput and recovery.

"Each of FSC's mills will have a 2000 kilovolts-amps (kVA) diesel generator to improve plant stability and plant protection.

"Two cane shredders at the Lautoka Mill and one at the Labasa Mill have also been rebuilt.

"In addition to FSC's normal out-of-crop maintenance, these major refurbishments to its mills is expected to further improve plant reliability, processing efficiencies and enhance product quality."

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