A soon-to-be re-opened pulp mill in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan is on track to start generating power from their cogeneration facility by the end of May.
“May 15 we’ll fire up and do a lot of check outs and by May 27th we’ll synchronize with the Saskatchewan power grid,” said Dave Patterson, the mill’s general manager.
The plant is expected to be producing and selling 10 megawatts of power to the province’s grid once everything is up and running.
The Prince Albert pulp mill closed in 2006 in the wake of volatile market conditions for pulp and paper. Last month, Paper Excellence announced its intentions to purchase the shuttered property and spend $200 million to convert the mill to a dissolving pulp facility.
Dissolving pulp is a specialty pulp product predominately used in the textile industry to create fibers such as rayon.
Re-opening the mill with a new vision will help “with the creation of hundreds of full-time manufacturing jobs and thousands of hours of construction jobs,” said Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Western regional vice-president Jim Britton.
At its height, the mill complex employed 700 people directly, with hundreds more working in forestry spin-off jobs, the CBC reported.
Patterson told CKOM this week that the expected date of opening the mill for the production of dissolving is in the third quarter of 2013.
“We’re working the technical end to ensure that the right equipment will be installed,” he said.