Mackay Sugar mills to keep crushing into new year
MACKAY Sugar mills are likely to continue crushing well into the New Year.
In a crushing report for the week ending November 6, the company flagged the crop estimate has been increased to 5,950,000 with a projected finish date of 7 January 2017.
Crop estimates at Wilmar's Plane Creek and Proserpine Mills had also jumped, however it was believed they would finish up by the end of December.
Maintenance stops and mechanical issues hampered throughput at the three Mackay mills for week ending November 6.
Performance improved in the latter half of the week at Farleigh Mill resulting in 78,764 tonnes of cane crushed.
High liquor levels and cooling tower imbalance limited rate at Marian Mill with cane supply interruptions caused by rain late in the week reducing throughput at Racecourse Mill.
Marian crushed 77,265 tonnes and Racecourse crushed 60,865 tonnes.
The in-season rain that has plagued this year's sugar cane harvest has also put more weight in north and central Queensland cane crops.
Wilmar Sugar's new crop estimates indicate the milling company will crush a total of 16.73 million tonnes of cane across its eight sugar mills this year, 247,000 tonnes more than the August crop estimate.
Cane Supply and Grower Relations General Manager Paul Giordani said the biggest increase had been in the Proserpine region, where the crop had been revised up by 100,000 tonnes to 1.9 million tonnes since the previous estimate.
The cane crop at Plane Creek Mill, Sarina, has been revised up by 20,000 tonnes to 1.4 million - the smallest increase of Wilmar Sugar's four milling regions.
Mr Giordani said the new estimates would not have a significant impact on season finish dates.
"I'm optimistic we'll complete this year's crush by the end of December," he said.
"We've factored in additional downtime for wet weather disruptions between now and the end of the crush, as well as scheduled cleaning and maintenance stops.
"Provided we don't have a major wet weather event, the Herbert mills, Burdekin's north-bank mills and Proserpine Mill are expected to finalise operations before Christmas. Inkerman Mill at Home Hill and Plane Creek Mill are likely to crush beyond Christmas."
Wilmar Sugar is now at the 74% mark for the crush, having processed a total of 12.33 million tonnes of cane.