APRIL halts Indonesia’s RAPP over peatland issues; expects 100,000 tonne pulp shortfall

SINGAPORE, Oct. 27, 2017 (PPI Asia) -After falling foul of new peatland conservation regulations, Asian pulp giant Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) has temporarily stopped the forestry operations of subsidiary firm Riau Pulp and Paper (RAPP), in Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

RAPP operates APRIL’s flagship Kerinci pulp and paper mill, which houses three pulp lines with a total capacity of 2.8 million tonnes/yr, and its operations will be hard-hit.

The move came when RAPP’s long term forestry work plans were annulled by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry on October 16.

The ministry issued a concession cancelation letter to ...

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