For this year, the company is implementing the following projects which will bring major improvements during the upcoming 2015-2016 crop season:
• A new 40 ton truck dumper (bottom left picture) is currently being installed at the Cane yard, with a state of the art control cabin. Also at the cane yard, a redundant crane column will be taken down to facilitate cane offloading.
• At the mill, a weigh-scale to weigh prepared cane before it enters the mill will also be installed. The function of this scale is to control feed to the mill to pre-set parameters and will improve milling operations.
• Also at the milling station, a new rubber mill inter carrier will be installed to feed the #3 mill; this is aimed at increasing mill efficiency .
• To be able to have more juice heating capacity, two additional juice heaters are being installed. These new equipment will aid in having a constant supply of properly heated juice, which is a critical requirement to achieve good clarification of mixed juice, in preparation for the evaporation stage of the process.
• In addition to the new heaters, the bagging scale area will see some major improvement. A new bagging system is being installed for the bagging of Direct Consumption (DC) Sugars in both 50 kg and 25 kg bags. Previously, BSI could only bag DC Sugars in 1 ton and 50 kg bags.
Clearly, there is an arduous out of crop maintenance that takes place at BSI’s Sugar Mill and Power Plant. Maintenance periods usually last between 21 to 24 weeks average. This year, the maintenance period will last 21 weeks and maintenance and project engineers are working strenuously to have the mill ready for the 2015-2016 crop season.