Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mills Prepare for a Smaller Crush

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mills Prepare for a Smaller Crush

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Andrea Davy

andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au

WITH a $40million maintenance program almost complete, Mackay Sugar is in a good position to start crushing next week.

Racecourse Mill has a new boiler ready to bubble, and a further $16million has been spent upgrading Marian MillCOs boiler, which is set to be ready to go by the end of this week.

Mackay Sugar chief executive officer Quinton Hildebrand said they were expected to crush 5million tonnes of cane across the Mackay region this season.

C[pounds sterling]The Mackay crop was originally set at 5.5million tonnes, yet after receiving the grower estimates, it was evident that the crop had been impacted by last yearCOs longer crushing season and the extended overcast weather conditions experienced during the growing season,C[yen] he said.

The mills were forced to shut down for several weeks in July last year after prolonged wet weather, which pushed the crushing end date back into December.

At this stage, the PRS (percentage of recoverable sugar) was predicted to be lower than last yearCOs crop, Mr Hildebrand said. …

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