23 Aug 2005

Studying new uses for Union site

A brainstorming exercise has been launched by Norske Skog chief executive Jan Oksum to come up with alternative uses for the site presently occupied by its Norske Skog Union mill.

NOK 1 million has been allocated for a preliminary study of opportunities for the Klosterøya premises in Skien south of Oslo, which currently manufactures newsprint and book paper.

The study will start immediately, with proposals and recommendations due to be presented before the end of the year.
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, Norske Skog's chief financial officer, is chairing the executive committee for this project.
Other members will be the chair of Telemark county council, which embraces the site, the acting mayor of Skien, Norske Skog Union's mill manager, a union official and an external representative.
We want to start assessing new uses now in order to be as well prepared as possible if the decision to close down the mill is approved in early October, explains Mr Rynning-Tønnesen.
Relevant players and interested parties in the Grenland district of Telemark will be consulted, and the executive committee will bring in appropriate specialists.
The project team has been asked to come up with proposals for continuing industrial activities at Klosterøya, which can thereby create new jobs.
At the same time, consideration will be given to making the site accessible to the local population.
Oksenøya, 23 August 2005
Norske Skog
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