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Port Alice mill starved for wood


January 9, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Other Nanaimo-based mills are also suffering from a lack of supplies. The Port Alice pulp mill, after six consecuti…

Other Nanaimo-based mills are also suffering from a lack of supplies. The Port Alice pulp mill, after six consecutive months of successful operation, was forced to shut down for two weeks in November due to wood shortages.

According to Business Examiner, BC, the problem is expected to be an ongoing one.

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“We had two weeks of downtime in November because we didn’t have any wood,” the Examiner reported spokesperson Brenda Allen as saying. “And that was sort of a combination of not being able to buy enough wood and the freak storms that we’ve been subject to because a lot of our wood comes off the north coast and Alaska and around the island. Those storms wreaked havoc on the ability to transport it to us.”

The mill has suffered its share of challenges, and after closing and reopening twice, the company has poured more than $60 million in capital and equipment upgrades into the facility.


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