Resolute will invest over C$7 million to restore the dam located on the Malbaie River, in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, adjacent to its Clermont newsprint mill.
“This type of investment demonstrates Resolute’s confidence in the viability of our facilities and allows us to maintain the competitiveness of the Clermont mill,” stated, president and chief executive officer. “In addition to restoring the dam, we are ensuring the preservation of the river’s natural surroundings.”
“The work is part of our regular dam safety planning and seeks to ensure compliance with the provincial government’s recently amended Dam Safety Act,” said Jean-Pierre Bouchard, Clermont’s general manager. “Following a comprehensive assessment, we established a plan that is optimal from both an environmental and economic perspective, and that should allow us to maintain a sufficient water supply for our production and fire protection needs. We are working closely with the Malbaie River Salmon Corporation to take all necessary precautions to respect wildlife, including salmon swimming up the Malbaie River to spawn.”
Clermont employs 150 people and has an annual production capacity of 223,000 metric tons of newsprint.
The dam restoration is expected to begin this September and be completed by the end of 2019.