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UPM facility back in action after fire

UPM Shotton’s MRF on Deeside is fully operational again after repairs following a fire three weeks ago.

The fire, which occurred in a waste residue bunker on 30 January, was contained within five hours in a small part of the facility.

The company says fire and alarm systems worked to protocol, preventing injuries or serious damage.

A full structural survey of the fire and smoke-damaged area of facility was undertaken, and repairs carried out to conveyors and electrical equipment damaged by fire and water.

UPM says tests during the weekend showed no problems. Improvements to prevention and firefighting systems within the waste residue bunker were also made.

The facility processes around 180,000 tonnes of commingled recyclate, providing material for the UPM Shotton paper mill among other outlets.

David Ingham, general manager, said: “A lot of hard work by the engineering team, alongside their MRF colleagues, means that the impacts of the fire were minimised.”

Simon Walker, head of RCP UK, said the fire interrupted some production schedules within the MRF but supply to the paper mill was not affected.

“We were also able to maintain full inbound and outbound services to our suppliers and customers throughout the period.”

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