Climate change whacks a worthy target – the CHIPMILL

Mother Nature dealt a 17m ‘Monster wave’ to the Eden woodchip mill’s loading facilities and jetty on 5th June. The east coast low that delivered this hit could be defined as an ‘Act of God’ meaning there might be no insurance payout.  Two massive chunks were taken out of the jetty, the pylons gone and …

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Mill increases native reliance

Environmental organisation, Friends of the Earth has raised concerns regarding the logging and sale of plantation land in the Fernbank region. The bluegum plantations were established between 2005 and 2009 by Macquarie Bank in conjunction with Midway Plantations. The plantations were planted largely to meet the demands of a new Bleached Pulp Facility at Maryvale. …

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NSW native forests worth more if left standing: Australia Institute report

An economic analysis by The Australia Institute claims that native forest logging in NSW lost $79 million over the last seven years, but could be making a $40 million yearly profit if left standing and allowed access to the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) and the National Parks Association …

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South East Fibre Exports sold to Allied Natural Wood Exports with all current employees made redundant

After 45 years of operations, the shareholders of South East Fibre Exports (SEFE), Eden, have decided to sell the business to a new Australian owned company, Allied Natural Wood Exports. SEFE general manager Peter Mitchell released a statement at 3.45pm Tuesday, December 15, breaking the news to media and community. “Since commencing operations in 1970, SEFE has …

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Global wood chip trade dominated by Japanese and Chinese carriers

According to a new report from Wood Resource Quarterly Overseas shipments account for about 70% of global wood chip trade, with pulp mills in Japan and China being the major destinations, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). This trade is handled by specialty made wood chip carriers predominantly built in Japan and China. Many of …

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Woodchip licences end in East Gippsland

In April last year NIPPON announced it would not renew the woodchip licences after December 2014. VicForests has not been able to find another customer for its booty. Nippon owns the chipmill and export facilities at Eden in NSW where millions of tonnes of EG forests have been shredded and shipped for over 40 years. …

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Gas rise to hurt mill

Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill could be hit with an extra $30 million in annual operational costs if projected gas price increases eventuate over the next three years. In a desperate lobbying push pleading for state and federal governments to adopt a “common sense approach” to gas pricing policy, Australia Paper has warned its Maryvale operation …

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