Komati – an innovative new sugar mill in South Africa

James M., Cargill

The new Komati sugar factory has been designed for processing of 5500 t cane per day and a sugar production of 140 000 t per year. Special reference is given to innovative design or choice of equipment of the factory, which is one of the most modern in the world. A special type of sand and rock removal for the cane has been installed. Performance data of the Tongaat-Hulett cane diffuser are given. The juice is concentrated in a four-effect evaporator station with two Kestner evaporators for the first two effects. The sugar is crystallized in three Tongaat-Hulett continuous evaporating crystallizers. An overview of the time and cost to build a mill of this type is given. Also highlighted are the critical areas of concern when managing a fast track project.


Year: 1996
Volume: 121
No.: 3
Page: 192-197

Language: en

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