The closure of Canfor’s Prince George Pulp and Paper will bring in a reduction of 280,000 TPA of market kraft pulp. While the speciality paper facility would sustain its operations.
January 13, 2022
Vancouver-based Canfor Pulp Products Inc. is going to permanently shut down the pulp line operations at its Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill. This closure will result in a reduction of 280,000 Tonnes Per Annum (TPA) of market kraft pulp. However, the speciality paper facility at the site will continue to operate, as per their official release.
Mr. Kevin Edgson, President and CEO, Canfor Pulp, says, “In recent years, several sawmills have permanently closed in the Prince George region due to reductions in the allowable annual cut and challenges accessing cost-competitive fibre. This has had a material impact on the availability of residual fibre for our pulp facilities and we need to right-size our operating platform. As a result, we have made the very difficult decision to shut down the pulp line at Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill and will continue to operate the Specialty Paper facility.”
In the next few months, the mill will be undertaking an orderly wind-down process. The pulp line is projected to shut down by the end of the first quarter of 2023. It is expected to affect around 300 positions across the organization by the end of the year.
Mr. Edgson further added that, “We greatly appreciate our valued team members who have been helping to navigate a very challenging business environment. We understand and regret the impact today’s announcement has on our employees, their families, the businesses that support our operations, and the local community.”