Contract awarded to supply equipment for mill in South Africa

ABB has been awarded a contract to engineer, procure and supply equipment by Sappi Southern Africa for their Ngodwana mill in Nelspruit, South Africa.


ABB has been awarded an $8.6 million order to procure, engineer, and supply  Electrification and Instrumentation (E+I) and Distributed Control System (DCS) for Sappi Southern Africa's Ngodwana mill in Nelspruit, South Africa. This scope forms part of Sappi’s Project Go Cell, 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 MCCs incorporating intelligent motor controls, Profibus intelligent instrumentation, Variable Speed Drives and ABB’s state of the art 800xA control system. These products will support the mill’s goals of increased efficiency and lower energy consumption.

Due to the size and complexity of the project and to meet Sappi’s project deadline, ABB will have an international team of Pulp and Paper composite plant experts from South Africa, Finland and Singapore work on 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 begin in 2013).


- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, 

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