Norske Skog to consider bleached chemi TMP at NZ revamp

Kawerau, New Zealand - Norske Skog has announced to employees and stakeholders in New Zealand that it is looking to identify alternative production options to reposition the Tasman newsprint mill at the Kawerau industrial site close to the east coast of the North Island.

“One option, which is currently being developed, is to establish a bleached chemi thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) facility at the mill site. KPMG has been engaged to assist Norske Skog with the review process,” the company said in press statement.

Norske Skog said in early that “the likely irreversible and rapid negative impact that COVID-19 has had on the newsprint industry in the region” has caused it to look at other alternatives.

Norske Skog will perform a strategic review process for the Tasman newsprint mill, which has a total annual production capacity of 150,000 tonnes. The BCTMP is one of several options for the long-term viability of the industrial site that is being considered, the company said.

“Once a preferred option is identified, a proposal will be put forward for consultation with employees at the mill,” the company said.

Norske Skog is a world leading producer of publication paper with strong market positions and customer relations in Europe and Australasia.

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