Newfoundland to expropriate some AbitibiBowater assets

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR - The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador is moving to expropriate some assets owned by AbitibiBowater Inc., the world’s largest newsprint maker.

The provincial government will acquire the company’s ownership of hydro-electricity rights from the generating station at Star Lake, in addition to rights to harvest timber on government land, the news agency said, citing a statement today from Premier Danny Williams.

Assets to be expropriated do not include AbitibiBowater’s newsprint mill in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland.

Montreal-based AbitibiBowater announced December 4 it would close the mill, part of a plan to reduce costs as North American demand for newsprint declines.



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