Sour start to cane crushing at Plane Creek Mill
The start of crushing at Plane Creek Mill has been delayed until Thursday June 14 due to commissioning issues with new and upgraded equipment.
Mackay Regional Operations Manager Craig Muddle said the decision to postpone the start-up by two days would help ensure a safe start to the 2018 crush.
Mr Muddle said Wilmar Sugar had invested heavily in a large works program at Plane Creek Mill this year, particularly across the feeding and crushing station.
“We expected to find issues during commissioning of the factory, as that’s part of the process,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the number of issues identified – combined with the region-wide shortage of skilled tradespeople – has made it difficult to get all of the work done ahead of the original start date.”
Mr Muddle said tradespeople and engineers had been deployed from Wilmar’s Proserpine Mill to assist with the workload at Plane Creek.
“Today, made the call to delay the start of crush by 48 hours so that we can confidently complete all identified works.
“Most importantly, this decision will help ensure a safe and smooth start to the 2018 season.”
Growers and harvesting contractors have been notified of the change.
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