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Electricity sale contract prompts restart of Dolbeau paper mill


August 27, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. will re-open its paper mill in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que., producing soft nip calendered (SNC and SCB) commercial printing paper. It represents a $20-million investment for Resolute.

Resolute Forest Products Inc. will re-open its paper mill in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que., producing soft nip calendered (SNC and SCB) commercial printing paper. It represents a $20-million investment for Resolute.

Resolute says the decision to re-open follows the conclusion of a deal to sell biomass-based electricity produced at the company’s Mistassini cogeneration facility to Hydro-Québec.

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Resolute stated that production of will resume as soon as the recall of employees is completed. The restart of the mill will provide direct employment for about 135 workers.

“We spared no effort to relaunch the Dolbeau mill because it is a good investment,” stated Richard Garneau, president and CEO of Resolute, who was in the Lac-Saint-Jean region to confirm the news. “With today’s announcement, Resolute will be more competitive than ever.”

Resolute says it is “currently assessing its network of paper mills to ensure that production continues to be balanced.”

The Dolbeau mill has been permanently closed since 2009. It is a chemi-thermomechanical mill.


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