Electric power company ABB has received an order to the tune of 10 million euros (USD 14 million) from Sappi, a South African forest industry company. The order encompasses electricity and instrumentation systems as well as automation required to expand and modernise a mill.
The paper and pulp mill in question is situated in the city of Nelspruit in northeastern South Africa. The degree of domestic origin is 70 per cent; in other words, an estimated 7 million euros’ worth of products and services included in the agreement will come from ABB’s Finnish units. Some examples include engines, electrical and instrumentation engineering and installation supervision. The rest of the products and services will consist of subcontracted purchases made by ABB from, for instance, other European countries.
The project will improve the mill’s production efficiency and lower its fuel consumption. After the modernisation, the mill will consume 61,000 tonnes less coal annually, which translates into a 120,000-tonne reduction in carbon dioxide emissions a year. That corresponds to the annual emissions of approximately 40,000 motor cars. The mill’s odour emissions will also be reduced.
The revamped mill will go on-stream at the beginning of 2013.
The South African forest industry Group Sappi is one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies.
ABB is a power and automation technology company that operates in more than 100 countries.