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Rarawai Mill Operating Normally

Rarawai Mill Operating Normally
September 10
11:43 2017

The Rarawai Mill was back to its normal operation on Friday following a small fire near a section of the boiler which was extinguished soon after.

Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer Navin Chandra said he was at the scene after 10 pm on Thursday night and the fire was brought under control in an isolated section at the boiler.

“It was lucky it did not reach the electrical cables otherwise it would have closed the mill for a few days.

“However, everything is running smoothly again.”

Meanwhile the three mills had crushed a total of 1.14 million tonnes of sugar cane by 8am yesterday producing over 126,000 tonnes of sugar, compared to 98,000 tonnes produced for the same period last year.

Labasa still leads with having crushed around 445,000 tonnes and producing 48,000 tonnes of sugar, Rarawai with 336,000 tonnes and producing 40,000 tonnes of sugar followed by Lautoka with 335,000 tonnes and producing 38,000 tonnes of sugar.

For this period, the average tonne of cane per tonne of sugar (TCTS) for the three mills was 9.8 compared to 9.08 for the same period last year.

Lautoka has the best TCTS with 8.8.

For Rarawai Mill, their present record for time lost due to breakdowns or stoppages was 18.8 hours for 168 available hours, compared to 36 hours in 2016 and 24 hours in 2015.

Mr Chandra said supply of cane to the mills was good except for weekends when supply dropped.

He said all excess cane has been diverted to the Lautoka Mill from Rarawai and this has helped in the continuous supply and crush running above average.

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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