Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Mill installing new crane, replacing crane damaged in year-ago windstorm; mill restarted July 12 following shut caused by June 25 power outage

Sandy Yang

Sandy Yang

Jul 16, 2012 – Industry Intelligence Inc.

LOS ANGELES , July 16, 2012 () – A new crane is being installed at Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Mill Inc.’s (MLMP) mill in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, and it became free-standing on June 30, the Meadow Lake Progress reported on July 12.

The crane is used to transport logs from trucks to the chipping deck.

Separately, the 360,000 tonnes/year bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) mill, which had been down since June 25 due to a power outage, restarted the night of July 12, a local person told Industry Intelligence.

The new crane, which is expected to be finished in a few weeks, replaces a crane that was blown down in a windstorm during the summer of 2011.

The new crane was custom-made to fit the 157 feet between the rail lines upon which it is placed. It is similar to the previous crane, which was built 20 years ago, but the new one employs current technology.

During the interim since the loss of the old crane, MLMP has used a small crane on site as well as one it brought in from France. Also wood chippers at the loading site were used for moving woodchips in trucks rather than hauling logs across the site.

The mill is part of Indonesia-based Asia Pulp and Paper Ltd.’s Paper Excellence Group.

The primary source of this article is the Meadow Lake Progress, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, on July 12, 2012.

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