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Mercer announces temporary downtime at its Celgar pulp mill


June 1, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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.

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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.