Manufacturing

The Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Pulp Mill in Abercrombie Point, Pictou County, Nova Scotia has operated since 1967 and remains competitive in a global market.

What we do

We manufacture northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) more commonly referred to as pulp. Our product is derived from wood fibre that is used in all types of paper products. We supply our customers around the world with pulp to manufacture common household products such as tissue, towel, and toilet paper along with writing and photocopy paper.

The pulp manufacturing process at Northern Pulp

We receive wood chips from our sawmill partners/suppliers. Wood chips are screened and conveyed to the digester or cooking vessel. In the digester, wood chips are treated with steam and caustic cooking solution to soften wood and dissolve lignin to produce a dark brown pulp. Pulp is washed and screened to remove spent cooking chemicals. Solution containing spent chemicals is treated in evaporators, then a recovery boiler and recausticizing plant before returning to the digester or cooking vessel to treat the wood chips. Washed pulp is bleached to transform dark pulp into white product. Bleached pulp is dried as a continuous sheet in an airborne pulp dryer. The continuous pulp sheet is cut, formed into 625 lb bales. The 625 lb bales are pressed to reduce physical size. The bales are wrapped and tied for shipment. Pulp bales are stacked and stored in our onsite warehouse until they are shipped. Product is shipped to North American customers by rail or truck to be used in tissue and fine paper production. Product is shipped to North American customers by rail or truck to be used in tissue and fine paper production. Product is shipped to Europe and Asia by ship to be used in tissue and fine paper production.

Facts

  • We manufacture 275,000 tonnes of pulp, primarily for export, every year, supporting thousands of jobs throughout Nova Scotia
  • The Mill operates approximately 353 days per year
  • Since 1998, over $98 million has been invested in the Mill to ensure safety, efficiency and productivity
  • The Mill is predominantly self-sufficient with an internal power generation facility which produces over 90% of our electricity requirements
  • Our product is recognized in the market for its high quality, due to its strong tensile strength and low coarseness properties
  • The Pictou Mill is ideally located to end-markets and has long-term access to high quality fibre (hardwood and softwood)
  • We are the largest consumer of wood fibre in Nova Scotia
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