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Four-week curtailment invoked at Intercontinental Pulp Mill

Step taken in response to lack of available economic fibre as a result of sawmill curtailments
Canfor's Intercontinental pulp mill is one of three in Prince George.

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announced Monday an immediate curtailment of its Intercontinental Pulp Mill.

The curtailment is expected to be in place for four weeks and is due to the lack of available economic fibre as a result of sawmill curtailments.

“The sawmill curtailments occurring in B.C. are materially reducing the residual fibre available for pulp mills. Based on the near-term fibre outlook, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily curtail Intercontinental Pulp Mill,” Canfor Pulp CEO Kevin Edgson said in a statement. “We regret the impact the downtime will have on our employees, their families, our suppliers and the community. We are working to support them through this time.”

The downtime will remove about 24,000 tonnes of market kraft pulp.

The move was made two weeks after Canfor Corporation said it will be invoking curtailments lasting one to four weeks at all solid wood facilities in B.C. and Alberta, due to very weak market conditions.


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