Irving Pulp & Paper Breaks Ground in Phase 2 of Pulp Mill Project

Left to right: Blue Keim, Director of Operations, Irving Forest Services (IFS); John Cummings, Project Manager, IFS; Cory Gallant, General Manager, IPP; Mark Mosher, Vice President of Operations, IFS; Mark Fitzpatrick, Manager of Project Engineering, IFS; Jim Brewster, Technical Director, IPP; and Dan Mott, Production Manager, IPP

April 28, 2014 - J.D. Irving, Limited said that construction work is now underway for Phase 2 in what is the largest pulp mill investment in Canada since 1993.

The $450 million modernization project at Irving Pulp & Paper (IPP) in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada will involve a total of 1.2 million person hours of construction work over the next 48 months, the company said.

Civil work has begun to prepare the site for construction of a continuous digester.

The existing chip handling equipment will also be replaced with state-of-the-art technology as part of JDI's ongoing investment to stay competitive in the global market environment.

This phase of the project will create 450 direct and indirect construction jobs.

PHASE 1: 2005-2013

  • $140 Million Investment

PHASE 2: Spring 2014

  • $198 Million Investment
  • 24 month project
  • New digester replaces 14 digesters
  • New chip handling and screening technology

PHASE 3: Engineering Begins, Fall 2014*

  • $263 Million Investment
  • 30-month project
  • New pulp dryer to replace existing 3 dryers

*Construction based on market conditions.

Irving Pulp & Paper's pulp mill in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada has the capacity to produce 335,000 tonnes per year of NBSK and NBHK pulp. The mill employs about 335 people. To learn more, please viti: www.jdirving.com.

SOURCE: J.D. Irving, Limited