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Paper Excellence to Curtail Production at Its NBSK Pulp Mill in Mackenzie, British Columbia

NBSK pulp The Mackenzie mill produces about 240,000 ADMT of Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK) pulp per year and employs 253 people.

June 12, 2020 - Paper Excellence Canada on June 11 announced the curtailment of operations at its pulp mill in Mackenzie, British Columbia, targeting the final week of June 2020.

The mill produces about 240,000 ADMT of Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK) pulp per year and employs 253 people. The plant is a combined Kraft pulp and energy facility, which satisfies 70% of its electrical and 90% of its steam requirements.

Paper Excellence did not say how long the curtailment would last.

Paper Excellence has substantially invested to improve mill operations since acquiring the Mackenzie facility in 2010. Despite best efforts by the company and its committed team of employees in Mackenzie, the COVID-19 global pandemic is having negative impacts on pulp markets creating conditions that no longer support the on-going operation of the mill.

Furthermore, the deep fibre shortage in BC and the Mackenzie region have affected the mill’s competitiveness. This shortage was exacerbated by recent curtailment of sawmills in the Mackenzie region dramatically reducing economic fibre availability.

Paper Excellence’s priority is to support the 253 employees affected by this curtailment. Where possible, it is hoped some offers of secondment can be made to some of its other facilities across Canada. Meanwhile, the terms of the collective agreement with UNIFOR local 1092 will be respected through the process.

During the curtailment, Paper Excellence is committed to ensuring the safety of the mill facility and protection of the community and the receiving environment. A small team of employees will provide around the clock security and monitoring.

Paper Excellence will continue to supply pulp and paper customers with production from its other operating mills in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Paper Excellence Canada has grown through logical acquisitions from a single mill base to a multinational group producing 2.7 million tonnes of paper and pulp and employing over 2,300 people over the past decade. For more information, visit:

SOURCE: Paper Excellence Canada