Production Overview

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The Centre's push for ethanol seems to have encouraged the sugar factories to increase cane crushing, as 149 mills in Maharashtra have produced 109 lakh quintal sugar within a fortnight of the beginning of the crushing season this year, an official said. The Centre had, in 2018, allowed sugar mills to produce ethanol directly from sugarcane juice, unlike earlier when there was a restriction on using molasses as base. Recently, the Union government had decided to allow use of old stock of wheat and rice for ethanol production that can be blended with petrol and diesel. "The mills this year have decided to produce certain quantity of ethanol to be sold in the domestic market. It means that there will not be any glut of sugar in the market. There will be limited surplus stock of it this year," Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said. The Centre has floated tenders seeking supply of 350 crore litres of ethanol to be blended with vehicle fuel. So far, sugar mills across the country have expressed willingness to produce 322 crore litres of ethanol. "It shows the enthusiasm of operators of sugar mills towards ethanol production," B B Thombare, chairman of West Indian Sugar Mill Association, said. The data shared by his office showed that 149 mills in Maharashtra have crushed 131 lakh tonne sugarcane so far and produced 109 lakh quintal sugar. The crushing season generally commences mid-November and lasts till March next year.

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SB I-405 Off-Ramp to Bolsa Chica Road Closed for Approximately One Year Crews will continue the closure of the southbound (SB) I-405 off-ramp to Bolsa Chica Road for approximately one year to advance construction on the Bolsa Chica bridge. Activities include demolition, excavation, grading, drainage and electrical system installation, concrete pours and asphalt paving. The extended closure is anticipated to start on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The ramp is schedule to reopen after approximately one year. Dates and times may change due to unforeseen operational factors or will speak inclement weather. Please be advised that this work may be loud. Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup . COMING SOON! McFadden Avenue Bridge Lane Reductions for Monument Work Crews will construct the McFadden bridge monument over I-405.

http://www.oc-breeze.com/2020/11/27/190679_i-405-improvement-project-construction-alert-week-of-nov-23/