The Quebec government is willing to listen to proposals Resolute Forest Products in case its project to increase production capacity at the kraft pulp mill in Saint-Felicien, valued at $ billion, is truly serious.
Minister Lessard has not missed the opportunity to comment on the news Wednesday at interviews given following the launch of the woodland caribou protection plan.
The Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks said, airing on Planet Roberval, have heard for the first time on Tuesday of this investment project. He invited the management Determined to file its project to the government for further action.
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Later in the day, his press secretary, Mathieu Gaudreault, confirmed that Quebec would do everything possible to achieve such a project if Solved intends to go forward.
The spokesman of the minister agreed that what the President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute, Richard Garneau, detonated in the industry since the announcements of investments of this nature are particularly rare.
“What the company presents its project and the government will ensure that arrive to,” repeated Mathieu Gaudreault repeatedly When he was questioned about whether Quebec could make changes to the forest system in order to be able to give long-term guarantees for forest supplies needed to feed a production line of 400,000 metric tons of kraft pulp at the Saint-Félicien.
This plant could recover leftover chips available in Quebec but would need an additional supply of about 1.3 million cubic meters distributed between sawmills that would feed in turn the new kraft pulp production line shavings.
On the sidelines of the press Circle Saguenay, Tuesday, Richard Garneau confided be willing to evaluate seriously such an investment that would consolidate all the current industrial structure (sawmills and pulp mills).
Such a project will, however, benefit from a timber supply in the very long term, for a period of 20 to 25 years.
“When you come to the board with a project for a product whose demand is growing steadily by 3% per year, and that you have on hand a supply guarantee very long-term raw material, it can justify a significant investment spread over a long period. It must be ensured that the rules will not change in five years, “summarized Mr. Garneau.