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PM4 not for sale, says Catalyst


July 31, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

It might be out of commission, but it isnt for sale, officials at Catalyst Paper are saying. The scheduled shutdow…

It might be out of commission, but it isnt for sale, officials at Catalyst Paper are saying. The scheduled shutdown of PM4 at the companys Port Alberni mill in BC for September 1 isnt prompting plans to sell it. The mill recently began maintenance work on the machine, and while some workers feared the company was going to sell it, those fears have been confirmed unfounded.

John Fitzpatrick, mill director of pulp and utilities, said the work being done is routine maintenance and has involved the changing of bad bearings and lubrication equipment. A recent report by Forestweb confirmed Fitzpatrick as saying some parts have been taken from the machine to be used on PM3, which has been idled since 2005, but that the company has not upgraded PM4 or installed new drives.

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After the shutdown, a total of 232 people will be employed at the one-machine mill. The Forestweb report further said the company has no plans to expend any capital on the machine outside of maintenance and safety-related projects until the indefinite shudown comes into effect.


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