Baikal pulp and paper mill will be closed, said Dvorkovich

The Russian government has decided to gradually close the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill (BPPM) with the transfer of production to other plants, told reporters Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

"We decided on a gradual closing of the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill production of the necessary transfer products to other plants. This is a complicated process, but in a few years it may make," — he said.

Problems BPPM is now engaged as a principal lender Vnesheconombank and its structure. Thus, the general director of "VEB Engineering" Dmitry Scheibe February 19 said that within three months will become clear further steps to liquidate the company and tailings pond reclamation. Suspension of production will take at least two years, with the elimination of accumulated waste can BPPM or stopped production and can take anywhere from four to six years. Scheibe then said that today the world is no technology that would produce the product range, similar to that which the BPPM, and do not cause environmental damage to Lake Baikal. All employees of the plant will be employed, said general director of "VEB Engineering". According to him, the court BPPM has enormous recreational potential and already have ideas for its use for this purpose.

BPPM was commissioned in 1966. Last December, the court entered the company in bankruptcy for up to 5 June 2013. In early February, the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill fire occurred, the company now is not working. Earlier it was reported that the government asked the VEB to address the issue of the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill.

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