Permits to proceed with the redevelopment have been obtained by the mill from the local authorities, but the Norske Skog board has yet to give the project its final approval.
The exact nature of the proposal is not yet known, but the possibilities include increasing the unit’s 235,000 tonne per year capacity, or improving the quality of newsprint produced.
Currently, PM 1 is the mill’s only machine, and is used to manufacture newsprint using up to 55 per cent recovered fibre. The facility’s deinking plant recycles around 160,000 tonnes of old newspapers and magazines per year, with the resulting fibre being used in PM 1. This is supplemented by plantation radiata pine.
In other news at the Albury mill, Guy Mycroft has been appointed the manager, replacing the incumbent Eric d’Olce, who has been appointed manager of Norske Skog’s Golbey plant in France.
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