An out-of-court settlement between the city of Prince Rupert, B.C., and Sun Wave Forest Products gives the city clear title to the Skeena Cellulose pulp mill site on Watson Island. According to media reports, the settlement involves the dismissal of three claims and subsequent appeals made against the city by Sun Wave.
Now that the case is settled, the city expects to decommission the mill over the next 24 to 30 months. The city is attempting to sell the property to a development consortium that will repurpose the site as a private multi-modal port.
A news web site, The Northern View, reports that Elton Tanner, chief operating officer for WatCo, the potential buyer of the site, noted there is still much to be done before the mill is sold.
A report in Pulp & Paper Canada in 2009 explains that he pulp mill was most recently operated by Skeena Cellulose, but had been shut down by the time is was sold to Sun Wave in 2006. The city of Prince Rupert claimed the mill in 2009 for non-payment of taxes.