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Fortress Paper restarts FSC mill after auxiliary system failure


October 16, 2017
By P&PC Staff

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Oct. 16, 2017 – Fortress Paper says it restarted the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill on October 6, three days earlier than previously predicted.

Last month, there was a burst in a pressurized auxiliary gas collection system relating to one of the recovery boilers at the FSC mill in Thurso, Que., explains the company. All necessary repairs have been completed and the mill has back to producing dissolving pulp.

“We wish to thank our team at the FSC Mill for their tireless efforts in resolving the system failure and achieving a restart three days earlier than originally anticipated. The FSC Mill restarted the normal ramp up of its operations on October 6, the production and cogeneration facility are now operating in ordinary course,” said Giovanni Iadeluca, president of the FSC Mill.

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The company has initiated an insurance claim pursuant to its property damage and business interruption insurance coverage, which has a $2.5 million deductible. Based on current information, the company says it is confident that costs associated with the replacement and repair of damaged equipment and business interruption costs should be covered by the insurance claim.