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Prince Albert Pulp aims to open September 2012


August 9, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A pulp mill in Prince Albert, Sask., that was shuttered in 2006 is expected to begin producing dissolving pulp September 2012. The mill was purchased by Paper Excellence in March, and will operate as Prince Albert Pulp Inc.

A pulp mill in Prince Albert, Sask., that was shuttered in 2006 is expected to begin producing dissolving pulp September 2012. The mill was purchased by Paper Excellence in March, and will operate as Prince Albert Pulp Inc.

Paper Excellence’s vice president Ed Roste told CTV Saskatchewan it’s taking the company longer than planned to get the new equipment. “The delivery time on the equipment is pretty long because it’s made in western Canada and all the fabricating shops are pretty busy, so we find that the schedule has slipped a couple months already.”

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CTV reports that Paper Excellence is also in preliminary talks with SACAW, the group that controls the allocation of wood in the area. The company says this group has nine different shareholders that they have to negotiate with.

“We have to develop more commercial relationships with all the shareholders in order to secure fiber for the mill. That’s a large process that will take place over the next 12 to 16 months,” says Roste.

Once operational, the mill will employ 250 people. There are now 20 employees at the mill.


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