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Fortress Paper provides update on auxiliary system failure at its dissolving pulp mill

VANCOUVER -- Fortress Paper Ltd. reports that it has completed an assessment of the failure of a pressurized auxiliary gas collection system at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") in Thurso, Québec that was reported on September 21, 2017. The Company has identified the source of the failure and is in the process of repairing and replacing the damaged components.

The Company has dispatched personnel to multiple supplier and repair locations to further attempt to expedite the work to be completed. Based on best effort commitments provided by equipment and parts suppliers, management believes that production at the FSC Mill will be restarted on or prior to October 9, 2017. The Fifth Digester Project continues to advance in the normal course and the cogeneration facility continues to operate at a reduced rate.

Mr. Giovanni Iadeluca, President of the FSC Mill, commented: "Although the system failure was an unforeseen event, we are proud of our team's response to the incident, protecting all of our employees and workers from any injury."

The Company has initiated an insurance claim pursuant to its property damage and business interruption insurance coverage, which has a $2.5 million deductible. Based on current information, the Company is confident that costs associated with the replacement and repair of damaged equipment and business interruption costs should be covered by the insurance claim.

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