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UPDATE: Ruptured tank spills pulp at Mackenzie mill


February 24, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Production is idled at the Mackenzie Pulp Corp. kraft mill in Mackenzie, B.C., after a 22-m tall tank in the bleach plant split open, spilling tonnes of pulp slurry into the building on Feb. 16. According to media reports, one of the mill’s…

Production is idled at the Mackenzie Pulp Corp. kraft mill in Mackenzie, B.C., after a 22-m tall tank in the bleach plant split open, spilling tonnes of pulp slurry into the building on Feb. 16. According to media reports, one of the mill’s five towers split almost top to bottom.

One week after the incident, general manager Doug Van Buskirk reported that crews are dismantling the damaged tank. An investigation into the cause is ongoing. Van Buskirk says the company will also conduct non-destructive testing on the remaining bleaching towers before restarting the bleach plant.

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The tank which split was a carbon steel tank, with mortar and tile lining.

No one was injured in the incident, and the spill was contained in the bleach plant.

The Mackenzie mill resumed operations last August after a two-and-a-half year shutdown.


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