More power to the sugar mill
THE Condong Mill marked its 125-year anniversary yesterday with a function not only celebrating the past but embracing the future, marking the beginning of construction of the co-generation project at the mill.
Chairman of Sunshine Sugar Neil Gregor officially turned the first sod at the site on which the co-generation project will be built and upon completion will act as a power plant exporting power back into the grid.
Mr Gregor said the Tweed had every reason to be proud of the mill and its history, but the new changes will make for a more efficient mill.
"This double celebration serves as a reminder that the sugar industry in Tweed not only has a proud history of achievement, but has adapted to changes in technology and the expectations of the Tweed community, and continues as a thriving industry," Mr Gregor said.
Mr Gregor said Sunshine Sugar will not be resting on its laurels of past achievement and will work to have the project completed and put to work as soon as possible.
"This construction needs to be completed on time and on budget. We need to gear up for our harvest and transport to handle the new green crop. And then we need to operate the plant efficiently and profitably before we regard it as a success."