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Lautoka Cane To Double In 2017 Crushing Season: Savou

The Lautoka Sugar Mill expects to produce 600,000 tonnes of sugar cane in the 2017 crushing season. This is almost double the 395,000 tonnes of cane which they had in
20 Jan 2017 12:00
Lautoka Cane To Double In 2017 Crushing Season: Savou
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The Lautoka Sugar Mill expects to produce 600,000 tonnes of sugar cane in the 2017 crushing season.

This is almost double the 395,000 tonnes of cane which they had in its 2016 crushing season.

The general manager of the Lautoka Sugar Mill, Viliame Savou, said the 600,000 tonnes of cane was achievable because of a number of reasons.

“This is due to the activities that are happening right now, replanting of cane in the Western Division would increase cane output and also the weather patterns, we are getting the rain at the right time this year,” Mr Savou said.

Because of this, the Lautoka Sugar Mill is expected to start its crushing season in the first week of June 2017.

According to Mr Savou, the Lautoka Mill had a 20-weeks maintenance plan before the mill starts its crushing season.

“When we carry out maintenance work we look at each and every plant (machine) at the mill.

“We look at historic data to analyse which plants need maintenance based on its performance the previous year. We just open the plants we feel require maintenance.

“We have up to eight groups stationed at different parts of the mill during the maintenance period, each team would have a supervisor and its members,” Mr Savou explained.

The maintenance work usually amounts up to $2.5 to $3 million annually, which includes new parts bought for the machines, the materials used and the wages of workers.

Some of the stations include the feeding station, crushing station, boiler, power house station and clarification station.

Mr Savou explained that a maintenance process was always followed during this period.

“The first process was to dismantle the plants, secondly we do the inspection and assessment and then we do the actual maintenance where we buy and replace parts.

“Then lastly is reassembling of the machinery, after that we carry tests before the mill starts.

“Three weeks before crushing season we usually have the testing period,” Mr Savou said.

Edited by: Ivamere Nataro

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