ABB to power most energy-efficient pulp mill in the world

Image credit: ABB website

Swiss power and automation technology specialist ABB has announced that it has inked a contract with Metsä Group to supply the complete power and process electrical systems for the company’s new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski in central Finland.

Image credit: ABB website
Image credit: ABB website

Metsä Group’s new bioproduct mill, scheduled to begin operation next year, will be the world’s most energy-efficient pulp mill, generating twice as much power as it consumes.

“ABB’s pioneering technology solutions will support the mill to maximise its bioenergy production and thus, increase the share of renewable energy in Finland by more than two percent,” ABB said in a news release.

“Using over 1,000 of the most advanced energy efficient motors and state-of-the-art power systems the mill will produce 2.4 times more electricity than it consumes. The mill is designed to produce 1.8 terawatt hours of energy annually, representing 2.5 percent of the electricity produced in Finland today. The orders are worth over $33 million, the majority has been booked in the last half of 2015.”

The mill will produce 1.3 million tonnes of pulp annually, as well as a number of bioproducts such as tall oil, turpentine, lignin products, bioelectricity and bark-based solid fuel.

“We have long experience of good cooperation with ABB. Their wide product portfolio, project expertise and high degree of domestic content affected most our decision”, said Timo Merikallio, project director of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill.

“We are extremely happy that we can participate in the largest investment in history of the Finnish forest sector with our expertise and products,” says Tauno Heinola, Country Manager Director of ABB in Finland.

“Our products will be part of ensuring the mills’ high availability, reliability and efficient production, as well as their energy efficiency, fully in line with our company`s Next Level strategy.”