Harvest is well underway and deliveries of NIS are flowing into the factory. A big thank you to all our suppliers for following the new rules regarding social distancing to keep yourselves and our staff safe during this time.
At this stage we are not expecting any disruption to NIS deliveries and will keep everyone updated. If you have any questions please reach out to Rob, Megan, Paul, Steve or myself.
While estimates for the Australian crop in 2020 are down on 2019, I am pleased to announce that our initial estimates for deliveries of NIS to Suncoast Gold in 2020 are again up on 2019. This is a major confidence boost for all, as volumes increases so does the factory efficiency. We are pleased to continue to welcome back shareholders and suppliers to Suncoast Gold as we remain committed to our ongoing evolution to meet your needs.
We commenced cracking last week and after slowly building up our throughput, are now fully operational. During the shutdown since last season, the operations group completed a wide range of repairs, maintenance and upgrades and we expect the benefit of this work to yield results in the coming months.