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Steamy Java Sugar Mill Tour 2010, in the Shadow of Gunung Cireme

This series of pages from July and August 2010 records our travels from China to Malaysia and on to Java, Indonesia where we were hosting the 'Steamy Java Tour 2010'. Click here for the main Winds of Change index page.


Sindanglaut was taking a day off owing to a shortage of cane - likely to be a common experience during this visit as the rain has hung on in Java about three months longer than usual. This is a 'new' view of the mill, actually taken on the following morning from the extension of the Toll Road around Cirebon.

The mill has a pair of 320HP Stork engines, both of them dual drive. They run at 110rpm and so the crossheads are enclosed (more typically mill engines run at 40 - 60rpm). Here Yuehong examines one of them and later one of the engineering staff checked she hadn't done anything she shouldn't. Since the mills rotate at around 2rpm, massive stepdown gears are needed.

Last time I was here, there were three boiler feedwater pumps, now just one remains the colour difference is due to the second image needing flash!

Of the two steam vacuum pumps, this one seems to be #1, it appears to have come from the closed mill at Kadhipaten. The second engine was under repair and like the milling engines has crosshead covers:

In the evening, we entertained Doni Setiawan whose family has run the warung (eating stalls) outside Tasikmadu for as long as I can remember. After he left school where he was a star pupil, there was no money to send him to university so he got a marketing job with a pharmaceutical company. They recognised his talent very quickly, he's just 26, recently married and now an area manager. A wonderful success story!

Actually it was Doni who rescued John Porter when I inadvertently left him behind at Tasikmadu in 2008, but that's another story.


Rob and Yuehong Dickinson

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