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Fortress Paper Restarts Production at Its Dissolving Pulp Mill in Quebec

Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill The FSC Mill restarted the normal ramp up of its operations on October 6th, the production and cogeneration facility are now operating in ordinary course.

Oct. 10, 2017 - Fortress Paper Ltd. said that its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") in Thurso, Quebec, was restarted on October 6 after work crews made the necessary repairs to a burst in a pressurized auxiliary gas collection system relating to one of the mill's recovery boilers on September 21. The equipment failure resulted in the shutdown of the mill and its production of dissolving pulp.

“We wish to thank our team at the FSC Mill for their tireless efforts in resolving the system failure and achieving a restart three days earlier than originally anticipated,” said Giovanni Iadeluca, President of the FSC Mill. "The FSC Mill restarted the normal ramp up of its operations on October 6th, the production and cogeneration facility are now operating in ordinary course."

The company has initiated an insurance claim pursuant to its property damage and business interruption insurance coverage, which has a $2.5 million deductible. Based on current information, Fortress Paper said it is confident that costs associated with the replacement and repair of damaged equipment and business interruption costs should be covered by the insurance claim.

The Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill employs approximately 326 workers and has a planned annual production capacity of about 165,000 tonnes (ADMT) of specialty cellulose (dissolving pulp).

Fortress Paper operates internationally in two distinct business segments: dissolving pulp and security paper products. The Company operates its dissolving pulp business at the FSC Mill, and its security paper products business at the Landqart Mill in Switzerland. To learn more, please visit: www.fortresspaper.com.

SOURCE: Fortress Paper Ltd.