Mechanical issues cause stoppage

FSC CEO Graham Clark during a press conference at FSC Head Quarters in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

FSC CEO Graham Clark. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

Mechanical issues at the Rarawai mill which resulted in a stoppage, forced the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) to divert cane trucks to Lautoka yesterday.

FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said the mill stopped at 3am yesterday and was expected to resume operations by tonight.

“The main cane carrier at Rarawai developed a fault, resulting in one side of the carrier chain lifting off its sprockets,” he said.

“On further inspection, it was discovered that, in addition, the carrier drive shaft had cracked and this has had to be removed for repair.” He said a “complex repair” would be required.

“Expectations are for this to be completed late tomorrow (today), with crushing resuming in the evening.”

Mr Clark said the mill would operate throughout the weekend to make up for lost time.

THE FSC sent messages to cane-cutting gangs in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki yesterday not to send cane trucks to the Rarawai mill.

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