Thursday, January 19, 2023
DIEFFENBACHER has received orders to provide the essential elements of a CEBRO OSB plant for Tolko Industries Limited’s manufacturing site in High Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The DIEFFENBACHER twelve-opening press, which Tolko had commissioned in 1995, was severely destroyed beyond repair on May 20, 2022, by a fire in the press building along with much of the surrounding machinery. The existing press will be replaced by a cutting-edge CPS+ continuous press.
The forming station and forming line, as well as the raw board handling system, are also included in DIEFFENBACHER’s scope of supply for the reconstruction of Tolko’s High Prairie plant. The Press Emission Control System and the Intelligent Air Management System, in line with DIEFFENBACHER’s CEBRO smart plant concept, will increase the plant’s sustainability by generating cleaner air both within and outside the production hall. Tolko’s new facility will become a truly smart one with the aid of the new digitalization solution EVORIS and the digital service platform MyDIEFFENBACHER.
Production capacity expected to be 734,000 m³ of OSB per year
“It’s great that DIEFFENBACHER stepped up so quickly to help us after the fire,” says Fred Chinn, Vice President Strand-Based Business at Tolko. “Once we rebuild, High Prairie will be better than ever, and our new CEBRO smart plant will be a big part of that.” Chinn believes the plant will produce its first new board by year’s end. Once operational, the plant’s production capacity will reach up to 734,000 m³ of OSB per year.
Early on May 20, 2022, a fire broke out in Tolko’s High Prairie division. The mill was shut down, and the nearby fire department battled the blaze. After roughly 90 minutes, the fire was put out, and the fire department is still on the scene to keep an eye out for flare-ups. Engineering is still being done on the project. According to the corporation, an early projection shows that the mill won’t receive its first new board until the end of Q4 2023.