Following the incident on 15 May involving the recovery boiler at its Saint-Gaudens market pulp mill (South-West France), Fibre Excellence has issued a press release. It states that « the closure phase is continuing. The integrity of the buildings and the structure of the boiler were not impacted by the incident, as the salt flow was located and quickly contained. Measurements carried out over the last few days confirm the absence of toxicity and impact on air quality.
An inspection by the competent authorities was held on 17 May. On 18 May, Fibre Excellence Saint-Gaudens received authorisation to start cleaning the boiler and carrying out the necessary repairs. The timetable set up foresees that the work will be completed by the end of May. However, the restart of the boiler remains conditional on a visit and administrative authorisation at the end of the work. » According to the group, « all of these actions will enable Fibre Excellence Saint-Gaudens to tackle the major maintenance shutdown scheduled for June in good operational conditions. This important stage in the life of the plant will allow numerous works and modernisation investments to be carried out. The absolute priority remains to ensure the safety of people and equipment during this work phase. »