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Another local pulp mill on the cards

Thursday, 31 March 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

The projected $300 million pulp mill would produce bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp (BCTMP) for export to the Asia-Pacific region. The mill is expected to require as much as 700,000 tonnes of pulpwood every year to reach a production capacity of 350,000 tonnes per annum. The planned location is the Coolangatta Industrial Estate, with Griffin estimating that around 150 employees will be required to operate the plant.

The Griffin Group is conducting the study in conjunction with ARC International Industrial Material, based in Hong Kong, and claims the mill will utilise the best available technology and be built to meet environmental standards. Renowned pulp and paper consultant Jaakko Pöyry will be responsible for completing the study over a four-month period.

If the proposed pulp mill is shown to be viable by the study then Griffin claims it will be followed with an environmental impact study, during which time the appropriate approvals will be sought from the government. The project’s commencement will also hinge on Griffin securing a deal with plantation growers to provide the necessary wood resources.

The proposed pulp mill in Collie accounts for only one of the several different projects that are currently in the evaluation phase, including Gunns’ plan for a pulp mill in Tasmania and the Heywood Mill project in South-Western Victoria.

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