Finnish forest-sector giant Metsä Group is building the world’s largest new-generation bioproducts mill in Äänekoski, central Finland – with all of its more than 1,000 motors supplied by ABB. The deal, including extensive project services, is worth more than 30 million euros.
With a price tag of 1.2 billion euros, this is the Finnish forest industry’s largest-ever investment, with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons. Besides pulp, it will produce other bioproducts such as tall oil, turpentine, lignin products, biogas, wood-based fuel and bioelectricity. Without using any fossil fuels, it will generate nearly two and half times as much electricity as it needs – thus raising the country’s renewable energy share by 2 percentage points.
This massive contract represents a new chapter in the two companies’ long shared history, says Jorma Näsinkoski, Sales Manager, ABB Pulp and Paper.
ABB will deliver more than 1,000 low voltage and large motors, including motor types HXR, AMI, NXR and M3BP, and more than 500 LV and MV drives. These are ACS 880 series 400 or 690 V drives, as well as four ACS 1000 water-cooled drives for feed water pumps.
“ABB is delivering the whole plant’s grid connection, power distribution and process electrification systems, including a wide range of products from every division,” says Aki Kulmala, Sales Director, Discrete Automation and Motion, ABB Domestic Sales.