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Maintenance shutdown set for September start at major paper mill

Kitimat, BC -- Aug. 2, 2002 -- Eurocan Pulp and Paper Company has scheduled Sept. 3, 2002, to begin an annual maint...


Industry

August 2, 2002
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Kitimat, BC — Aug. 2, 2002 — Eurocan Pulp and Paper Company has scheduled Sept. 3, 2002, to begin an annual maintenance shutdown of its mill in Kitimat, B.C. Downtime at the mill is expected to last 10 days with normal production scheduled to resume by Sept. 14. <br>
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During the shutdown period, hundreds of contractors and suppliers will be brought on to the site, in some instances working around the clock, to meet deadlines. Key components of the mill that will be affected by the shutdown includes chip handling systems, kraft and chemi-mechanical pulping operations, two paper machines, chemical preparation and recovery areas, power and recovery boilers, and water and effluent treatment systems.<br>
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The Kitimat mill is Canada’s largest manufacturer of unbleached paper products for industrial packaging, producing approximately 1,300 tons-a-day of pulp and 1,200 tons-a-day of paper products. A major modernization investment program in 1989 included a new chemi-mechanical pulp mill, twin fourdrinier linerboard forming system, automated winding and finishing, and a second berth at its shipping terminal with the capability of exporting surplus woodchips. <br>
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In 1997, the company completed a $35 million investment towards a third pulp screening and washing line. Annually, the company spends approximately $10 million on improvements and upgrades to its operations.<br>
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Eurocan started operation in 1970 as a joint venture of companies from Finland and Canada, and included forestry operations, sawmills and the Kitimat papermill. In 1983, after a number of earlier ownership changes, West Fraser Mills Limited became a new partner in a 50/50 joint venture with Enso Gutzeit Oy of Finland. West Fraser purchased the remaining interests of Enso-Gutzeit in September 1993, and incorporated the woodlands and sawmills into their integrated forest products organization. <br>
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The plant is ISO 9001 registered and uses advanced papermaking technology and manufacturing processes while operating in an environmentally responsible manner.<br>
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West Fraser was founded in 1955 when three brothers, Henry H. Ketcham Jr., William P. Ketcham, and Samuel K. Ketcham, acquired a small lumber planning mill at Quesnel, B.C. From 1955 to 1979 the business expanded through the acquisition of a number of sawmills and related timber rights in the interior of British Columbia. The company took on its present form in 1966 with the amalgamation of a group of companies under the Company Act (British Columbia). <br>
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All of the fibre requirements of West Fraser’s pulp and paper mills and panel plants can be satisfied, directly or indirectly, from its own operations.<br>
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<i>This article was researched by Industrialinfo.com (Industrial Information Resources, Inc.; Houston, Tx.), a source for industrial market information covering the industrial process, manufacturing and energy markets. For more information on trends and upcoming construction activities in the pulp & paper markets as well as other industrial sectors, visit www.industrialinfo.com.</i><br>