PORT ALBERNI, BC
Sept. 30, 2013
/PRNewswire/ - The City of Alberni's purchase of Catalyst's wastewater treatment facility and additional lands completed as scheduled on
, 2013 in accordance with the formal agreements endorsed by Council for the City and Catalyst. To mark the successful close of the transaction the presentation of a cheque representing the initial payment of
will be presented by Mayor
to Catalyst CEO
Catalyst mill site on
, 2013. The remaining
will be payable on the first anniversary of the closing date.
With the agreements in place the City will now finalize and be eligible to draw on the
grant provided by the federal government in 2012 to integrate Catalyst's lagoon with the City's wastewater treatment infrastructure and improve the City's compliance with the BC Municipal Sewage Regulations and new Federal Regulations.
As part of the agreement, Catalyst has committed to accept sludge from the lagoon at no additional cost to the City prior to renovations beginning. As well, the City will provide tax certainty to Catalyst at 2012 levels for five years.
Also included with the agreement are land and a road dedication to enable the City to pursue the development of an industrial road along the waterfront. The acquired land runs from the Redford Street entrance to the Catalyst Paper mill to the existing Harbour Road intersection with Argyle Street.
acknowledged the cooperative efforts between the City and Catalyst in reaching this agreement and said "this is a major step forward for the City in reaching key strategic priorities identified by Council. Our wastewater treatment system will receive significant upgrades increasing capacity and improving water quality in the Alberni Harbour and Somass Estuary". He further added "a new industrial road has been a priority for the community for many years and I am excited by the opportunities this brings to increase the livability of our City".
"We are pleased to arrive at the final stages of this jointly beneficial agreement," says Catalyst President and CEO
. "This transaction represents a mutual investment in community prosperity and continued cooperation between community and our industry. It addresses the City's need for infrastructure while enabling Catalyst to focus on core operations."
In attendance at the cheque presentation on
on-site at Catalyst's mill will be
City of Port Alberni
and members of City Council; City Manager,
; Catalyst President and CEO
; Catalyst General Counsel
and Catalyst Port Alberni mill General Manager
Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty mechanical printing papers, newsprint and pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in
. With three mills in
, Catalyst has a combined annual product capacity of 1.5 million tonnes. The company is headquartered in
Richmond, British Columbia
and its common shares trade on the Toronto Exchange under the symbol CYT. Catalyst Paper is ranked by Corporate Knights Inc. as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in
SOURCE Catalyst Paper Corporation