Mill Update - 30th June 2021

Wilmar have provided the following update on the Burdekin Mills.

Reduced loading at Inkerman today due to a late zero hour resulting from a bearing failure yesterday afternoon in the B side milling train. This resulted in a 12 hour stop on B side while repairs were carried out.

All other loadings OK today. Pioneer mill reduced rate overnight to stretch out enough for today’s early supply to catch on after 357 bins were not loaded yesterday due to high winds preventing burning on some farms.

Covid restrictions in Townsville have not impacted operations at any of the mills.

 


Mill Update - 17th June 2021

Wilmar have provided the following update on the Burdekin Mills.

Inkerman harvesters that are able to cut will continue today up until we are unable to catch the tail going through the mill. The way it looks those groups will get all their burnt cane off. This still leaves about 3,500 tonnes burnt that cannot be harvested for a number of days yet. Some of this cane is now quite old and will have to be tested before we can accept it. Best case for Inkerman is start harvesting on Saturday and crushing later Saturday night.

Invicta will cut about 16,500 today and are looking to load 21,000 tonnes tomorrow. They are taking advantage of the light loading and doing a B side clean.

Kalamia will load about 11,000 tonnes today and about 11,000-12,000 tomorrow.

Pioneer is loading about 10,000 today which should get them through until early tomorrow morning then cut about 8,500 tomorrow.

All weather dependent.


Mill Update - 9th June 2021

Wilmar have provided the following update on the Burdekin Mills.

Kalamia were experiencing some issues with live commissioning of the new milling train control system under factory load conditions. They eventually sorted through these around midnight however upon restart were seeing power synchronisation issues with Ergon. This took a little longer to identify with success earlier this morning. They have lit up and are expecting to resume crushing mid-morning. We still have about 8k tonnes in bins and will allow last day cutters to finish up today cutting 1500 tonnes. That will get us through to tomorrow morning and fresh cane

Inkerman had some boiler issues on light up yesterday before the start of crushing related to the new LP relief venting system. After they started on A side they were experiencing feeding station control issues which again were related to commissioning new equipment under live conditions. They moved onto B side with some success however another attempt to start A side led to the delivery of wet bagasse to the boilers which caused them to shut down. Boiler has been lit and crushing is expected to resume about midday. As with Kalamia, harvesting has been limited to last day cutters. Loading is 4,200 tonnes on top of 6,900 still in bins

Invicta had a stop early this morning with some pan stage stock issues but restarted without issue. Loading is down today at 14,700 as a result of the late zero hour

Pioneer performed well overnight and as a result of some unfilled bins from yesterday had a 7:30am zero hour. They are loading 11,500 tonnes today. They plan on having a short stop later in the morning to inspect the shredder.


Ergon Tariff Workshops

Grower Workshops on Ergon Tariff Changes

CBL has arranged for Ergon to conduct several grower workshops in the Burdekin on 31 May 2021 to explain the tariffs changes that come into effect from 1/7/21. Several of the the changes are still work in progress as the QCA is still yet to finalise its final price determination for the new prices that are to apply from 1 July 2021 and this price announcement has to be made by no later than 11 June 2021.

The benefit of participating in these workshops sooner rather than later is that it will help growers understand the upcoming changes which will then give you a full month to start considering what tariff selections you should be making to optimise/minimise your electricity costs based upon your planned usage.

Presenting the workshops from Ergon will be Brian Elmer, Customer and Community Projects Manager who will focus on the new load control tariffs and solutions for large users and Lisa McDonald, Manager Retail who will focus on small users (< 100MWh).

The workshops will cover off on the following key points:

  • The session would start with a general overview of the changing tariffs, highlighting the rates, structures and features of the tariffs available, for both small and large customers.
  • Discuss briefly issues around metering (meter types, costs and benefits of moving to remotely read digital metering).
  • As the new load control tariffs have some unique pros and cons, Ergon will outline those briefly.
  • Ergon can then answer any general questions on these tariffs.
  • Ergon will deliver live demonstrations, using the on-line tool Energy Analysis tool demonstrating the various features particularly the tariff comparator.
  • Questions from growers about their own position.

In addition to Ergon, Steve Attard from AgriTech Solutions will also be providing a presentation on tariff reviews with some examples of savings that growers can make based on making informed decisions about their tariff selection.

We have scheduled the following dates for these workshops:

  • Date:               31/5/21
  • Workshop 1:   10.00am at CANEGROWERS Inkerman Hall, 68 10th Street, Home Hill
  • Workshop 2:   1.00pm at Ayr PCYC, 164 MacMillan St, Ayr, QLD

These workshops will fill quickly so please RSVP to reserve your spot via email to bdk@canegrowers.com.au or via phone 4790 3600.

 


2021 Mill estimates & start dates

Wilmar have advised that the predicted start date for all Mills is Tuesday the 8th June to achieve a mid November finish.

The estimated tonnes for the 2021 season for the Burdekin is 7,974,978, with each Mill estimated to crush the following:

Invicta              3,085,290

Pioneer            1,578,730

Kalamia           1,612,308

Inkerman        1,698,650