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Cariboo Pulp resuming operations this week

May 27, 2020  By P&PC Staff

Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel, British Columbia is returning to operations this week after taking an extended downtime.

The four-week downtime started April 20 and was the result of reduced fibre availability resulting from regional sawmill downtime and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was extended slightly to bring forward planned maintenance from the fall.

The mill is a joint venture between West Fraser and Mercer International.


The curtailment resulted in an approximate reduction of NBSK production of 30,000 tonnes. Both Mercer and West Fraser have shares of 15,000 tonnes.

“For our pulp operations, tissue demand has been strong but the impact of reduced demand for printing and writing applications is starting to materialize,” West Fraser says in a statement.

The cogeneration facility at the Cariboo mill continued operating during the shutdown.

“We will continue to adjust our operating schedules in both the U.S. and Canada as necessary,” says West Fraser.

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