Australia: Mackay Sugar plans multi-million dollar overhaul


Mackay Sugar in Australia has unveiled a multi-million dollar overhaul of its equipment, following Nordzucker’s purchase of a majority stake in the company in July 2019, reports Sugaronline.

The focus this maintenance season is on reliability, it said in a statement to growers. “We have a particular focus on Boilers and Milling trains. These have to run well for the rest of the factory to operate well. As well as these areas, we are also doing work across all areas of the factories, rolling stock and railways.”

Upgrade works will take place at all three of its mills this maintenance season, as well as its rail and rolling stock, with at least AUD 13 million budgeted (US$8.87 million).

In the grower update, issued on Dec 6, CEO Mark Day said that 2019 was a major turning point for Mackay Sugar with Nordzucker making a bid and then shareholders voting 94% in favour of the transaction.

“We were not in good shape. We can now look forward with confidence with Nordzucker as a strong partner.”

This season throughput of its three mills progressed reasonably steadily but with a number of stoppages, he said. Permanent fixes to issues that have accumulated over many years will now be made.

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