ABB wins $8.7 million automation and power order for SCA Ortviken’s new pulp line

2008-12-01 - Integrated process and electrical systems to expand capacity, increase efficiency and improve quality

Houston, Texas, December 1, 2008 --ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $8.7 million to supply power and automation equipment to SCA Ortviken’s new pulp line at its paper mill in northern Sweden. ABB’s delivery includes an integrated process and electrical automation system based on System 800xA that will reduce energy losses and increase operational reliability in the pulp line.

The project is part of SCA’s ongoing initiative to invest in new refiners and separating equipment for the mill to customize its pulp production for the different kinds of paper it manufactures. The project is scheduled for commissioning in June 2009.

“ABB’s unique ability to deliver integrated process and electrical automation on one unified platform provides our customers with significant operational advantages; they improve their productivity while maximizing the efficient use of energy and other resources, as well as reduce overall lifecycle costs,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our unparalleled scope of supply, resident industry knowledge, and history of delivering results to our pulp and paper customers helped us to win this contract.”

The first phase will be the extension of the plant’s power supply. ABB will extend the mill’s existing 140 kV switchgear with two combined breakers, new HV cables, and indoor-built 140 kV switchgear with four combined disconnecting breakers. The order also includes one 30 MVA transformer and two 90 MVA transformers, six high-efficiency refiner motors of 15 and 20 MW, four intelligent MSN iS low-voltage switchgears with power feeding from Resibloc transformers and instrumentation for measuring flow, pressure and temperature.

In the next phase, ABB will deliver Industrial IT Extended Automation System 800xA to control the pulp line and serve as the integration platform for the process and electrical systems. By integrating the process and electrical automation system on the common 800xA platform, the customer will see additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs.

SCA also purchased a three-year Automation Sentinel software maintenance contract to upgrade existing ABB software systems throughout the pulp mill.
The delivery will also include 1,000 Asset Monitors and System 800xA Asset Optimization functionality for mill personnel to optimize the performance of the plant’s equipment in real time through its control system. These monitors oversee the process equipment and communicate potential performance declines or if operational use limits are about to be exceeded. The system also allows operators to integrate this monitoring with the mill’s existing maintenance system for more comprehensive maintenance planning and improved decision-making.

One of Ortviken’s strongest reasons for choosing ABB as its project supplier is ABB’s ability to deliver motors and transformers that have the highest possible efficiency. ABB optimized the performance of its 90 MVA transformers and the HV motors with a unique design that reduces energy losses by 40 kW in each motor. ABB also offers a complete automation package that includes commissioning, performance measurements and training.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge and services to help process industry customers worldwide meet their critical business needs in the areas of operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. These industries include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, marine and turbocharging.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

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