Time is running out for Prince Albert
December 24, 2007 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Prince Albert, SK — The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) union says time is running out for plans to …
Prince Albert, SK — The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) union says time is running out for plans to reopen Domtar’s Prince Albert, SK pulp mill.
According to a ForestWeb report, union local president Ron Rucks said Domtar had indicated that a 2008 reopening would be its “only shot” to get the mill up and running for good.
The Leader-Post (Regina) reported that Rucks said there are critical timelines that must be met and a minimum of 28 weeks of work that needs to be done before the mill reopens, including recalling workers, hiring contractors, maintaining the biological effluent system and beginning to harvest trees.
“It’s a big project. It’s not turn-key, go cut a few trees down and in a week you’re producing a salable product. It doesn’t happen,” he said, noting that the former government’s forestry task force has identified the mill as the lynchpin for the forestry industry in northern Saskatchewan.
But, said Rucks, the Saskatchewan Party government’s decision to axe a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to reopen the mill, and the lack of an alternative plan to get it operating, meant time was running out for the facility.
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