TICONDEROGA — International Paper's Ticonderoga mill will soon be shut down for three weeks to install new equipment.
The outage will begin May 29 and continue for three weeks, Mill Communications Manager Donna Wadsworth said.
"It's a long outage this year. They're usually 12 to 14 days."
This year's project is a major one, she said — to install a new superheater unit on the recovery boiler.
"All other projects fall in behind it."
Although the mill won't be making paper during that time, no one will be laid off, Wadsworth said.
"It's all hands on deck. Lots of tasks to be performed. During this time, new equipment will be installed, repairs made and inspections completed.
"We're hoping for a safe and successful outage."
In addition to the mill's 600 employees, 700 to 800 contractor personnel will work on site, she said.
The additional workers are renting motel rooms, houses and apartments in southern Essex County for the three weeks they'll be on site.
"Most folks are finding accommodations in the area," Wadsworth said. "They won't all be here at one time.
"The mill's annual outage has a significant economic impact on area businesses," she continued. "The hospitality shown to visiting contractors in our community is greatly appreciated."
The superheater allows the recovery boiler — one of two boilers at the mill — to operate at higher temperatures and pressures, making it more efficient.
The mill's power boiler had a superheater upgrade project several years ago. That work replaced and added tubes to the superheater on that boiler.
The superheater tubes are 35 feet long and reach temperatures of up to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit.
THROUGH THE ROOF
Similar work is now being carried out for the recovery boiler at the mill, and a large industrial crane has already been delivered to the Shore Airport Road location.