Our first processing plant in Awala was commissioned in September 2015. The oil extraction rate (OER) improved from 22.0% to 24.5% within the first year of harvesting mainly due to continuous training of harvesters and plantation staff and crop quality improvement. Loose fruit collection improved to 9% of the total FFB, which puts us on track to achieving an OER of 25%.
Note: The developed area in Awala represents 36% of total concession area with the balance 64% being conservation area. In Mouila, developed area represents 47% and conservation area 45% of total concession area.
A second mill located in Mouila is due to start operations in January 2017. Another two mills are currently planned for commissioning in 2020 when the entire 50,000 hectares of palm reach maturity. We expect the plants to reach full capacity utilisation at a combined 887,900 metric tonnes of FFB per hectare by 2020, delivering a CPO yield of 5.2 metric tonnes per hectare or a total of 217,500 metric tonnes in CPO and 18,300 metric tonnes in palm kernel oil annually.