Mercer International has announced that its Celgar mill in Castlegar, British Columbia will take a month of downtime in July.
In addition to regularly planned maintenance downtime of five days, Mercer Celgar will take approximately 30 days of additional downtime (aggregate 52,000 ADMTs).
In a statement, the company says the additional downtime largely results from reduced fibre availability in the mill’s procurement area as a result of COVID-related sawmill curtailments in British Columbia, the imposition of sawlog equivalent stumpage charges on pulpwood and complex stumpage rules that are resulting in a significant amount of pulpwood already harvested being left to burn in the forest.
Mercer International’s annual production capacity across its Canadian and German operations is 2.2 million tonnes of pulp and 550 million board feet of lumber.
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