ABB technology for Klabin’s giant pulp mill

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will supply gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) technology-based 34.5kV power distribution system for Klabin’s major new pulp mill being constructed in Ortigueira (Paraná State), Brazil. The contract is valued at USD 20M and includes design, supply, commissioning and start-up services.

Klabin is the biggest producer and exporter of packaging paper in Brazil and is among the largest integrated pulp and paper companies in the country, exporting to over 60 countries. The Puma project will demand total investments of USD 2.4B, not including forest assets, improvements to infrastructure and taxes. The start-up of the new plant is expected for the end of the first quarter of 2016.

ABB’s solution features technology such as the Is-limiter, the fast power switching device, and cabinet modularity. The new plant’s power system will allow the mill to generate excess electricity for sale back into the grid. Engineering for the system is now underway. Implementation and commissioning will take place in the second quarter of 2015.

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