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Abitibi mill reopening stalled


July 10, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Abitibi-Consolidated says it needs another week to complete tedious repairs to its newsprint mill. A fire that br…

Abitibi-Consolidated says it needs another week to complete tedious repairs to its newsprint mill. A fire that broke out on June 19 and wreaked havoc on the wiring of the main papermaking machine has kept the mill out of commission and 700 employees out of work.

According to a recent report by CBC, the company initially thought that it would be able to keep one of the two machines in production, with repairs lasting just a few days. When the severity of the damage became evident, the estimate was expanded to a few weeks.

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Abitibi is planning to open the mill on July 16. However, the schedule remains dependent on a team of electricians, whom, as the CBC report noted, had to be brought in from other communities to speed up the process.

Electrical work is expected to wrap up on July 10, and the following week will be spent testing machinery.


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