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FSC Labasa Cogeneration System To Go Online At Start Of This Crushing Season

the Fiji Sugar Corporation is  near launching a major  revenue revitalisation programme in the North. FSC Labasa general manager Karia Christopher said this will be through the cogeneration system that
11 Apr 2015 09:21
FSC Labasa Cogeneration System To Go Online At Start Of This Crushing Season
Experts from India in front of the plant that they are currently working on at FSC Mill in Labasa. Photo: PENI DRAUNA

the Fiji Sugar Corporation is  near launching a major  revenue revitalisation programme in the North.

FSC Labasa general manager Karia Christopher said this will be through the cogeneration system that Labasa mill has embarked on.

“It will be something that will benefit the North as the mill will be producing electricity not only during crushing season but also sell power to Fiji Electricity Authority during off season,” he said.

He said FSC has negotiated a power purchase agreement.

Based on that, he said FSC had embarked on a 10 Megawatts project in Labasa and a 14 megawatts plant for Rarawai Mill.

“Six to 7 megawatts will be used in the factory and the rest will be sold to FEA through the year which means extra revenue for Labasa mill which has based their revenue from sugar and molasses.”

The cogeneration system cost of $17 million has been financed by Fiji Development Bank.

Expanding revenue base

Mr Christopher they were thinking outside the box in terms of revenue generation as it is preparing for any challenges it may face in the coming years.

“The main purpose was to expand our revenue base and sustain the industry’s operation and cane price in many years to come,” he said.

“This was one of the requirements under the government reform and has been going on for a couple of years and we are proud that the plant is coming to its finishing stages.”

Mr Christopher said the project is about to be completed and it would be commissioned before the start of this year’s crushing season.

“It’s something that is very new to the Labasa Mill and very advanced technology compared to turbines that was used previously,” Mr Christopher said.

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