Repairs extend the scheduled shut-down of the Saint-Félicien Mill

LONGUEUIL, QC, Dec. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - SFK Pulp Fund (TSX: SFK.UN) extends by 10 days its scheduled shut-down for semi-annual maintenance at the Saint-Félicien Mill to perform additional repairs following a breakdown at the recovery boiler.

The production of NBSK pulp is scheduled to resume by December 22. Meanwhile, SFK Pulp will continue to fulfill its customers' demands as scheduled.

Management estimates that this extension should remove an additional 10,000 tonnes of NBSK pulp from production in the fourth quarter. The cost of these additional repairs will be covered, net of deductible, by our insurance.

About SFK Pulp

SFK Pulp (TSX: SFK.UN), a leader in the production and distribution of high-quality virgin and recycled kraft pulp, operates three mills located in Saint-Félicien, Québec, Fairmont, West Virginia, and in Menominee, Michigan. The SFK Pulp workforce totals a little over 500 employees. The company's annual production capacity reaches 745,000 metric tons. The Saint-Félicien mill provides northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (product known as NBSK pulp) to various sectors of the paper industry in Canada, the United States and Europe, for use in the production of specialized products. The Fairmont and Menominee mills manufacture air-dried recycled bleached kraft pulp (product known as RBK pulp) and primarily supply manufacturers of fine uncoated paper, household paper for commercial and industrial uses, and coated paper in the United States.

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