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Four-week closure set at Intercontinental Pulp Mill

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. is closing the Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George for an estimated four weeks, effective immediately.

The closure is due to the lack of available economic fibre as a result of sawmill closures, the company said in a news release. Earlier this month the company announced a temporary reduction at its sawmills, effective December 19. That reduction range from one- to four-week shutdowns at facilities in B.C. and Alberta.

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

“The sawmill curtailments occurring in B.C. are materially reducing the residual fibre available for pulp mills,” said Kevin Edgson, President & CEO, Canfor Pulp. “Based on the nearterm fibre outlook, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily curtail Intercontinental Pulp Mill. 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.”

He added the company will continue to closely monitor the fibre supply and will adjust its operating rates

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