October 17, 2022 By P&PC Staff
Canfor Pulp Products announced that it is temporarily curtailing the operations of its Intercontinental Pulp Mill. The curtailment is due to the lack of available economic fibre.
The mill’s annual turnaround maintenance began on September 24 and was carried out for two weeks. The facility has implemented a two-week curtailment following the end of the maintenance operations.
Canfor Pulp expects regular operations at the mill to resume on October 24. In total, the four weeks of downtime is reducing Canfor Pulp’s production output by approximately 28,000 tonnes of market kraft pulp.
“Despite strong global pulp markets, we are experiencing a shortfall of economic fibre in British Columbia. The fibre for pulp mills is increasingly constrained due to the impacts of the decreasing allowable annual cut, the end of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, wildfires and reduced sawmill capacity in the province,” said Kevin Edgson, president and CEO of Canfor Pulp. “We regret the impact of the downtime on our employees and are working to support them through this time.”
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