Prince Albert Pulp Indefinitely Closed

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada 05 August 2014 -- The biomass-to-energy operation at the Prince Albert Pulp mill in Saskatchewan has been indefinitely shut down, according to the local newspaper, the Prince Albert Herald. The pulp mill and wood energy plant are owned by Paper Excellence.

The biomass burning facility has been providing about 10 MW of electrical energy to the provincial grid while the pulp mill is being readied to re-open, but local officials have been told it is too expensive to operate the biomass-to-energy facility without waste wood from the pulp mill.

Paper Excellence stated at the end of 2013 that the mill would be re-fitted to produce fluff pulp and should be operational in 2015.