On 16 February, the Board of Directors of Södra decided to invest SEK 1 billion in the pulp mill at Mörrum. The investment is the second stage of a long-term initiative at Södra Cell Mörrum, and will increase the mill's capacity by 45,000 tonnes. "This is great news for us here at the mill, because our competitiveness and opportunities will increase. Södra's decision to invest in Mörrum is also important for the region," says Stefan Sandberg, Site Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum. This particular investment includes a new evaporator, and a modernisation of the brown stock washing system in the dissolving pulp line, where pulp for textile uses is produced. A new evaporator will make it possible to increase the production rate, as well as deliveries of energy products, such as electricity, district heating and biofuels.
The owners of a Port Alberni paper mill say a major new investment in the facility reflects confidence in British Columbia’s forestry sector.
Paper Excellence says it will spend $13 million to upgrade the mid-Island mill as it prepares to produce food-grade papers used by restaurants and food preparation companies.
The company says the investment will remove production bottlenecks and upgrade a pair of paper machines at the facility.
“With help from the leadership of B.C.’s government, we are very excited to invest in a winning project like this at Port Alberni,” said Patrick Corriveau with Paper Excellence. “With the mill’s best-in-class papermakers and the ability to make even more of these new food grades, we’re confident in the Port Alberni mill’s secure and long-term future.”
B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says the provincial government welcomes the new investment at the mill, which employs approximately 300 people.
“A thriving and diverse forest sector with sustainable jobs is a key part of B.C.’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and beyond,” said Katrine Conroy.
Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne said the investment in the mill “contributes to stability and security for the local families whose livelihoods depend on it.”
Paper Excellence says it is preparing to begin the initial engineering and procurement phases of the upgrade. The work is expected to be completed in the latter half of next year.