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Eurocan Mill soon to be demolished
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Eurocan Mill soon to be demolished

With the demolition of the former Methanex site underway, soon it will be the former site of Eurocan that will fall to the wreckers ball.

LNG Canada purchase the Methanex site as part of their LNG project and the tear down is slated to wrap up by years end.

Meanwhile, Chevron Canada says they are clearing the Eurocan site so it can be used as a staging area for construction of their proposed LNG facility.

The largest structure to go will be the sawmill building while a number of smaller structures and pipeline right of ways will also disappear.

Chevron’s communications lead Ray Lord says as a heavy industrial site there are structures and soil that will require remediation and monitoring for years to come.

West Fraser announced in October of 2009 that the Eurocan operation was slated to be shut down in order for the company to reduce their overall operating expenses. Company officials noted at the time it was a money losing operation. The 40 year old mill produced liner board and craft paper, but throughout its history it struggled with high costs and negative returns. One of the biggest factors in the decision to close, aside from cost savings, was a loss of wood chips due to the shutdown of area saw mills.

The mill permanently closed at the end of January 2010, putting 535 employers out of work.

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