Stora Enso’s updated comment on the Legionella bacteria infection in the Canal Zone of Ghent

The Flemish Care and Health Agency in Belgium has identified Langerbrugge Mill as one possible source of the Legionella bacteria infection in the local community. However, investigation is still ongoing and the source of the outbreak is still not confirmed.

As a precautionary measure, on 31 May, the cooling tower of the power plant was stopped for three weeks for thorough mechanical and chemical cleaning and disinfection. Based on results of frequent water sampling and analysis in collaboration with several national and international Legionella experts, and a comprehensive review of the management plan, we have started the hot commissioning of the cooling tower during the weekend. After extra checks, normal operations will be resumed during today. The mill professionals, external experts and relevant authorities will continue to closely monitor the cooling tower.

Stora Enso works stringently to prevent Legionella at its mills following instructions relating to e.g. water conditioning, risk assessments, sampling and strict use of personal protection and equipment. All to protect employees, contractors and third-parties from exposure to Legionella.

We cooperate fully with the authorities and cannot give further comments at this point, with reference to the ongoing investigation.