Abitibi updating Grand Falls
October 23, 2007 By Pulp & Paper Canada
LOS ANGELES, CA — Abitibi-Consolidated’s Grand Falls paper mill will shut down for the next two weeks to replace t…
LOS ANGELES, CA — Abitibi-Consolidated’s Grand Falls paper mill will shut down for the next two weeks to replace the out-of-date 40-year-old winder drive on the PM3 in a C$3.1 million upgrade, The Grand Falls Advertiser reported Oct. 15, according to ForestWeb.
The upgrade will also include building an environmentally-controlled drive room and fixing problems with motor bases on the wet end of the paper machine, the newspaper reported.
Bill Browne, a company spokesperson, said officials at the newsprint mill have wanted a new drive for about 10 years, because the existing analog drive has shown increasing problems and instability, particularly in summer’s hot weather.
The completely refurbished digital drive has some new parts but most of it was installed in Abitibi’s Stephenville mill in 2000; that mill closed last year.
The Montreal, QC-based Abitibi approved the money for the upgrade in January.
The mill has a production capacity of 214,000 tonnes/year on its two paper machines and uses 100% thermomechanical pulp (TMP).
Source: The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor, NF; ForestWeb
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