2021 Season Week 6
Into the sixth week of the 2021 Crushing season as more harvesting is coming on line in the northern parts of Herbert River. The mill has reported that they have nearly sorted the traffic schedule back on track and on the correct cycle bringing zero hours back to around 9am with daily loading close to 32,000 tonnes. This will assist with timely bin delivery to the harvesting sector and address the late bin deliveries across the district.
So far this week Macknade has crushed 48,000 tonnes for the week and is looking at approximately 68,000 tonnes for the week with a CCS of 12.30. Victoria mills has crushed 85,000 tonnes for the week as of Friday morning and looking at around 125,000 tonnes for the week at a mill average of 12.5 CCS.
The mill has reported that both sites have had several cane supply stops during the week with difficulties transferring cane to Macknade mill which has stretched the loco schedule. The mill has also reported they are receiving drags each day and some harvesting groups have nominated for reduced quota due to field conditions. The mill admits that late bin delivery has also contributed to some of these drags.
The mill will undertake their normal scheduled maintenance day for chemical clean and maintenance on Tuesday for Victoria mill A side and Thursday for Macknade mill.
2021 Season Week 5
Into the fifth week of the 2021 season and the loading has begun to improve with around 28,000 tonnes for today. The mill has reported that all three milling trains in district are going, although still running out of supply on one train each day. The mill has reported that with other areas across the district now starting to come on line, this should assist with bin delivery as transfer to Macknade reduces.
In regards to mill maintenance, Victoria mill undertook chemical cleans and maintenance this week while on single train for cane supply, this will mean the mill will not need a planned stop next week. And maintenance has been carried out throughout the week at Macknade mill during cane supply short falls.
Macknade mill week to date has crushed 30,000 tonnes for the week up until Friday morning with a CCS if 12.32 and Victoria mill has crushed 65,000 tonnes as of Friday morning with a CCS 12.15.
The mill has reported that mud loading has been high as expected during the week, but the quality of cane has generally been ok.
2021 Season Week 4
Into the fourth week of the 2021 season and it was another challenging week due to more wet conditions. The Macknade mill started Saturday night and then had to stop again Thursday morning for rain. The mill reported that its plan if weather dries up is to start Macknade as the second milling train to help with managing bagasse and also help process the stored sugar products from stop. Victoria Mill started up from a stop on Tuesday morning on single train and has managed to keep enough supply to keep going. The mill reported that on Saturday morning it will run out of cane with only 6,000 tonnes cut Friday.
This week Victoria mill crushed 30,104 tonnes for the week up until Friday morning at a CCS of 12.3 and expect only 45,000 tonnes for the week. Macknade mill has crushed 31,640 tonnes for the week and is not expecting to start up in this week, weather depending. CCS for Macknade was 12.4.
The mill has reported that transporting of cane has been challenging as most of the supply coming from only one area and been transferred to Macknade.
2021 Season Week 3
Into the third week of 2021 season and it has been an interrupted week with more heavy rain over night around the district. There was some early morning cane cut this morning but the mill made the call to stop all harvesters as only a small amount of cane was expected. Victoria Mill stopped crushing at 6.45am this morning and will liquidate and shut down. Boilers are expected to be off line by 2pm today. The mill has reported that they now need to manage bagasse stocks and will review the possibility of a restart over the weekend but at this stage is unlikely until next week.
In regards to maintenance, the mill has reported that both sets of evaporators have been cleaned and all maintenance activities completed. They will use the total steam off the stop to perform repairs to steam and product leaks. The mill advised that they have now settled down issues with the locos and factory commissioning.
As of Friday the mill had crushed 61,000 tonnes at Victoria mill with a CCS of 11.64 and 25,135 tonnes at Macknade with a CCS of 11.45. The mill also reported that there has been some very poor rakes of cane processed this week causing chokes in the shredder. An example of this included one particular rake that went 6 CCS and was full of weeds and vines.
2021 Season Week 2
Into the second week of the 2021 season Victoria Mill started Friday and only required single train over the weekend with around 9,000 tonnes cut. The Mill reported a good start with only minor commissioning issues.
Cane supply improved on Monday with more harvesters starting. Macknade started on Monday and has settled into first week of crush. All mills have now been commissioned and producing good sugar. Main issues for the week were cane supply short falls due to majority of cane being transferred from south.
VRA also started up second milling train and it also had a good start, the site have used second train to balance zero hours.
By Thursday Wilmar had all three trains on line and we managed 28,000 tonnes with 10am zero hours. Although a large derailment on main line to Macknade impacted supply on Thursday.
Some break downs in locomotives has impacted bin delivery and impacted loading. The mill team have worked around the clock to work their way through problems.
By Friday Wilmar had enough loco’s in service to transport expected loading.
CCS for the week is encouraging with average for week of 11.92
The mill reported that cane quality has generally been good, however there have been a few very poor rakes full of vines that caused processing issues.
2021 Season WEEK 1
The season has started with Victoria Mill kicking off at 8.17am this morning, after a few minor commissioning issues the factory settled into crushing. The mill reported as of this afternoon they are working through the clarification mud filters and evaporators as they commission with juice. The mill expects to have sugar tomorrow morning.
Today the district harvested approximately 7,000 tonnes and 1,000 tonnes yesterday. If the mill has a reasonable run they will run out of cane early tomorrow. The mill expects around 9,500 tonnes to be cut tomorrow.
Macknade mill has crews ready over the weekend should cane supply improve, looking at a possible Monday start.
2020 Herbert River Season Stats