In addition to the normal annual maintenance works, super heaters in the recovery boiler will be replaced. Due to this, the maintenance shutdown is this year about one week longer than usually. The production loss of the outage is estimated to be about 70 000 tonnes.
During the maintenance period, almost 1000 additional workers will be working onsite.Read more
"In terms of the plant itself, the former pulp and paper mill in Saskatchewan, which had been identified as a preferred site, Domtar, informed us in August that the site would no longer be available to us," said Larry Lalonde, spokesman for Shell Canada, who became majority owners of Iogen last spring.
"As a result of that, Shell and Iogen are reviewing potential alternative sites."Read more
There was a glimmer of hope in the announcement, however.
The company had plans to build a biomass heat and electricity plant on its site, which would burn wood chips to produce electricity and heat for the factory's operations. The decrease in energy costs by producing power independently would allow the plant to reopen and possibly hire back its workers.Read more
"They've narrowed it down to a couple of bidders and I'm one of them," McAuliffe said at the Shad Planking festivities in Wakefield. "We'll see what happens. The good news is that the paper mill will stay in existence as a new type of energy entity."Read more
The shutdown allows Verso to perform maintenance on tanks, boilers, pumps, and motors...a spring cleaning for the 24 hour, seven day a week operation.Read more