ABB delivers first 4th generation e-house for chemical processes to the largest pulp mill in Brazil

2017-04-11 - Engineering solution was developed by ABB’s multidisciplinary team and allows for greater technical flexibility

San Paulo, Brazil, April 11, 2017 – ABB announced that it will deliver the first e-house used for chemical processes in Brazil. The equipment was commissioned by AkzoNobel, leading global paint and coating company and producer of chemical specialties. Currently, AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals is building a new chlorine dioxide production plant; the chemical is used in one of the steps of the cellulose bleaching process.

ABB is a pioneer in e-house supply. E-houses are compact power substations that are built in self-contained metal modules. Composed of a 112 m² area with two modules and special paint, the e-house for this project was developed by ABB at its Sorocaba plant in Brazil. As the ABB plant is the only ISO9001 certified site for this type of activity, the e-houses produced there are certified before they are delivered. The e-house is prepared to withstand adverse environmental conditions to avoid the material’s corrosion and reduce future maintenance costs.



Due to the limited space available for the ABB equipment, the engineering team designed the e-house with a reduced footprint for this project. ABB's solution also allows greater technical flexibility in the design and execution of the project, since electrical and automation equipment has already been fully integrated and tested by the ABB team to reduce commissioning time, increase safety and minimize the need for labor in the field to install and maintain.

ABB’s e-house concept has great advantages when compared with traditional masonry electrical rooms, which require the contracting of several suppliers. "The e-house can be put into operation in a shorter time and its assembly in the factory doesn’t depend on the field conditions. In addition, its technical flexibility contributes to faster installation to help operations start running sooner,” says Max Francisco, ABB Brazil’s application engineer of Process Industries unit.

"A multidisciplinary team collaborated across ABB during the engineering phase on this project to use high-quality systems, products and services for an optimized, fully integrated energy and automation solution. In the execution phase, managing ABB’s project with a single point of contact with the customer minimized project management complexity to reduce execution time and project risk for the customer,” said Alberto Dias, ABB Brazil’s commercial director of Industrial Automation.
ABB Brazil is one of the main suppliers for AkzoNobel, as well as the pulp mill that is under construction, providing integrated electrification and automation solutions. "AkzoNobel is looking for sustainable solutions for its projects and has opted for ABB for the reliability and integration of its equipment", says Alessandro Peres, AkzoNobel's commercial plant engineering business manager.

This e-house will be installed in the new chlorine dioxide plant, designed by AkzoNobel for a pulp mill in Tres Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul. This project will be the largest pulp mill in Brazil.


ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees www.abb.com

AkzoNobel creates essential products to make people's lives more enjoyable and inspiring. As a leading global paint and coatings company and one of the leading specialty chemicals producers, we provide essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a legacy of pioneering, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the rapidly growing demands of our rapidly changing planet, making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, we employ around 45,000 people in about 80 countries and our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Coral, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as one of the leading sustainability companies, we are committed to energizing cities and communities, creating a protected and colorful world where we can improve people's lives through what we do.

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