Paper Excellence nears completion of C$500,000 project to winterize Prince Albert Pulp mill in Saskatchewan; winterization means interior of mill now heated for first time since 2014, when site last operated, marking another step toward restarting mill

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RICHMOND, British Columbia , May 4, 2022 (press release) –

Paper Excellence Prince Albert Pulp Mill

Paper Excellence announced today that it is nearing completion of a significant project to winterize the pulp mill at Prince Albert Pulp Inc (PAPI). Winterizing the mill means that the interior of the mill is now heated for the first time since 2014, when the site last operated. The project will cost approximately $500,000.

“Winterizing and heating the interior of the mill is another step forward as we keep working on restarting PAPI,” said Carlo Dal Monte, VP of Energy and Business Development for Paper Excellence. “As we all know, Prince Albert winters can be very cold, so being able to heat the interior of the mill means a safer working environment for our team and contractors that may be on site with us. Winterizing the mill also helps to prevent weather-related damage to the exterior of the mill and important infrastructure inside.”

Government of Saskatchewan Ministers will be touring the site on Thursday, May 5, to see the upgrades. Last year, The Government of Saskatchewan announced 1,034,000 m3 of softwood timber allocated to support the restart of the Prince Albert mill. “We’re excited to see that work is underway,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “This project will support Saskatchewan’s world class, sustainable forestry sector and create economic opportunities in the north, including over 1,650 new jobs”.

The winterization project will be completed entirely by Saskatchewan contractors, including several companies from Prince Albert.

Paper Excellence continues to work with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment on the environmental assessment process for the overall project to restart the mill and expects that process to be completed in the coming months. The restart project remains subject to market conditions and permit approvals.

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Paper Excellence, headquartered in British Columbia, is a diversified manufacturer of pulp and specialty, printing, writing, and packaging papers. The company operates seven mills and a large-scale cargo distribution centre in Canada producing and shipping over 2.8 million tonnes annually with a workforce of more than 2,800. Paper Excellence is poised to continue to grow with its strategy of operational excellence and high-quality, cost-effective products.

Media Contacts: 

Graham Kissack, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Corporate Communications | media@paperexcellence.com | Mobile: 250-732-7991

 Jill Stroeder, Energy and Resources, Regina. Phone: 306-787-6315 Email: Jill.stroeder@gov.sk.ca

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