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Tyre Discovery Closes Mill For Day; Investigation On

The Fiji Sugar Corporation yesterday suspended operations at the Lautoka Mill after it was found that a tyre that was discovered in the diffuser scraper drum had done more damage
15 Jun 2017 09:59
Tyre Discovery Closes Mill For Day; Investigation On
The shredded tyre that was found in the diffuser. Photo: Fiji Sugar Corporation

The Fiji Sugar Corporation yesterday suspended operations at the Lautoka Mill after it was found that a tyre that was discovered in the diffuser scraper drum had done more damage than initially thought.

FSC CEO Graham Clark said management, in consultation with Lautoka senior mill management yesterday morning confirmed an extended mill shutdown from yesterday till 10 am today.

“The reason for this unscheduled shut down is to allow enough time for the team at Lautoka Mill to fully assess and repair the damage caused to the diffuser and its scrapper drum by the rubber tyre that was found wedged inside the machine on Tuesday,” Mr Clark said.

“The damage is more extensive than originally reported, and FSC believes that it is best to stop now and have the damage fixed, rather than limp through the issues that this situation has created.”

“FSC is consulting with affected Lorry drivers and the Lorry Association to divert up to 30 lorries that are queued at the Lautoka Mill, to our Rarawai Mill.”

“The choice has been left to the lorry drivers, and FSC will compensate for the cartage from Lautoka Mill yard to Rarawai.”

Mr Clark said once the issues in the Mill were rectified, 700 fully loaded rail trucks would be used to test the Mill before further lorry loads would be accepted.

“FSC Management and Lautoka Mill staff is committed to working around the clock to ensure that necessary works are completed alongside any other work that is required to be done, so that these intermittent stoppages are reduced.”

“Besides this, FSC Management has commenced an investigation as to how the rubber tyre could have ended up in the Diffuser.”

“FSC expects to get on top of these issues very soon and apologises to all parties that have been affected by this.”

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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