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Port Alice pulp mill officially enters bankruptcy proceedings

May 11, 2020  By P&PC Staff

Neucel Specialty Cellulose’s mothballed pulp mill in Port Alice, British Columbia has entered bankruptcy after failing to pay taxes to the Village of Port Alice.

The Nanaimo Bulletin reports that Neucel owes a total of $272 million to a number of creditors, including at least $1.8 million to Port Alice and $13 million to the province of B.C.

The mill, which once produced sulphite dissolving wood pulp, comprised 70 per cent of Port Alice’s tax base. The amount owing is expected to rise once the mill site is assessed for the 2020 tax year.


Neucel Specialty Cellulose is owned by Fulida Holdings, a textile company based in China. The mill officially closed in February 2019 after laying off the 20 employees that had been maintaining the site since production idled in 2015.

Read the full story from the Nanaimo Bulletin.

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