Catalyst Paper, Richmond, B.C., Canada, plans to restart one line of pulp production at its Crofton NBSK kraft mill on Vancouver Island in the fall, given improved market conditions. The kraft pulp mill was indefinitely curtailed in February, removing approximately 400,000 tonnes of annual capacity.
“Pulp markets have improved in recent weeks with stronger demand and pricing,” says Richard Garneau, Catalyst’s president and CEO. “Better markets enable the restart on one of the two lines of our kraft mill. But chip supply is limited and fiber availability is expected to remain challenging through the balance of this year.”
The restart will recall 104 employees from layoff. Restart on the one line will add 210,000 tonnes of pulp capacity on an annualized basis. Production will continue as long as markets, mill costs and fiber availability support it.