Australian Paper behind schedule on AU$90M de-inking plant project at its Maryvale, Australia, pulp mill due to weather, brushfire, power outage; plant will recycle 80,000 tonnes/year of office paper to produce 50,000 tonnes/year of pulp

LOS ANGELES , June 27, 2014 () – Unforseen events have caused Australian Paper to fall months behind schedule on its AU$90 (US$84.75 million) million de-inking plant project at its Maryvale, Australia, pulp mill, the Latrobe Valley Express reported June 26.

Completion of the project, which began in March 2013 with a 12-month timeline, was been pushed back to September, with recycling scheduled to start in December.

"We've had some quite significant weather events down there over the course of the project; we also had a bushfire and a power outage, all of those things add some delay to the process," said Mark Nelson, the company's general manager of human resources. Additionally, the complexity of creating an elevated concrete floor and a seven-day picket in May 2013 also contributed to the delay.

When complete, the de-inking project will recycle 80,000 tonnes/year of office paper to produce 50,000 tonnes/year of pulp. The added recycling capacity will triple the mill's current rate, according to the Latrobe Valley Express.

Nelson said the delay will cause the project's budget to increase "slightly more" then the planned AU$90 million.

The primary source of this article is the Latrobe Valley Express, Morwell, Victoria, Australia, on June 26, 2014. Click here to view full version of primary source's original article.

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