Engineering News

By Megan Wait

March 16, 2012

Power and automation technology group ABB reports it has been awarded a large electrification and instrumentation and distributed control system order by pulp and paper producer Sappi Southern Africa.

ABB will engineer, procure and supply equipment for Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Nelspruit. This scope forms part of Sappi’s Go Cell project, which entails the expansion of the current mill for the production of chemical cellulose. This order follows ABB’s successful implementation of Sappi Saiccor’s Amakhulu project in 2007.

Among the products to be supplied are medium-voltage switchgear, low-voltage motor control centres incorporating intelligent motor controls, Profibus intelligent instrumentation, variable-speed drives and ABB’s 800xA control system. These products will support the mill’s goals to increase efficiency and lower energy consumption.

To meet Sappi’s project deadline, ABB will appoint an international team of pulp and paper composite plant experts from South Africa, Finland and Singapore to lead this project. The project team will ensure the seamless installation and completion of the electrification and automation equipment in Sappi’s required timeframes. Plant production is expected to start in 2013.

Sappi Southern Africa is also involved in the production of chemical cellulose, which is used in the production of a wide range of consumer products, such as clothing, plastics, food and pharmaceutical products.

“ABB South Africa’s contribution to the expansion and modernisation of Sappi Ngodwana is a proud achievement for ABB and a further testament of our capabilities in the pulp and paper sphere for this giant player in the industry. The project teams from the two companies will develop capabilities to benefit processes in the production of chemical cellulose at Sappi,” ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Poñe concludes.