ABB to control pulp and paper plant in India

ABB won an order worth more than $15 million to supply integrated automation and power equipment and related engineering and commissioning services to JK Paper Ltd for its expansion project.

September 15, 2011 - ABB won an order worth more than $15 million to supply integrated automation and power equipment and related engineering and commissioning services to JK Paper Ltd for its expansion project. The Company is a major player in the Indian Paper industry and is the largest producer of Branded Copier papers in India.


The order is for capacity enhancement for one of its units, JK Paper Mills. Located in Rayagada in the state of Orissa, southeast India, this mill annually produces 125,000 tons of branded printing, writing and copier paper. The mill expansion and modernization project will more than double its production capacity. It will add a new paper machine with a capacity of 165,000 tons per year, a pulp mill that will produce 215,000 tons of wood pulp per year, and a 55 MW power plant. This expansion project is one of the largest in the Indian Paper industry involving close to USD $400 million.

ABB's delivery for the mill will help to improve its overall production efficiency and capacity. While maximizing energy efficiency and ensuring a reliable source of power, it will provide further impetus to the Company's resource conservation efforts in energy and water.

"Our ability to deliver a complete mill solution, with leading edge automation and power technology and industry standard equipment, and related pulp and paper industry expertise will help this project to be implemented and operated successfully from design to start-up,\" said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division.

ABB will deliver energy efficient drive systems for the new paper machine, standalone drives and motors, and intelligent motor control centers (MCCs). The scope of supply also includes electrical infrastructure equipment such as transformers, transmission lines, other power equipment, and power management system for the pulp mill & paper machine. ABB's flagship automation System 800xA will control the new pulp mill and provide a common control and visualization platform for all mill systems to optimize energy efficiency, the use of production resources and overall mill maintenance.

ABB will also provide design, engineering, commissioning and related on-site services. Project commissioning is scheduled for the early fourth quarter of 2012.

ABB's Process Automation division delivers industry specific solutions and services for industrial automation and plant electrification. These solutions help customers meet their critical business needs in the areas of energy efficiency, operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. Available industry specific solutions include process control, instrumentation, analytics, safety, plant optimization, telecommunications, energy management and power distribution.

ABB 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 130,000 people.

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