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BillerudKorsnäs’ Karlsborg mill to restart production after fire


September 13, 2017
By P&PC Staff

Sep. 13, 2017 – During the night between September 5 and 6, there was a fire in one of the buildings at BillerudKorsnäs’ production unit in Karlsborg, Sweden, and the production has been stopped since then.

The production unit manufactures sack and kraft paper as well as market pulp for the packaging paper business area and has a production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year.

BillerudKorsnäs says that after analyzing the impact of the fire, it expects the unit to return to full production during the week of September 18. No individuals were injured in the fire, it adds.

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“We have now assessed the impact of the fire and the work with making the unit ready for start of production is ongoing at high intensity,” says Per Lindberg, president and CEO. “We expect full production to be reached during next week, i.e. the week starting with September 18. As it is a complex start-up after this type of event, there is some uncertainty about the exact timing.”

The fire started as a result of a malfunctioning security valve leaking oxygen leading to ignition.