International pulp and paper producer Sun Paper has selected ABB to fulfil two orders for its facilities in Laos and Shandong, China. The first order comprises new drives for the company’s paper machine 1 (PM1) and paper machine 2 (PM2) at its Laos mill, while the second includes a synchronous motor, motor starting equipment, excitation protection control and process drives for chemical pulp production at its plant in Shandong, eastern China.
The first order forms part of the second phase of Sun Paper’s Laos project that includes two advanced packaging paper production lines (PM1 and PM2) with annual production capacity of 800,000 tons. ABB will provide its highly-efficient, distributed PMC800 multi-drive control system with total installed capacity of 41,000KW and more than 120 drive points for both paper machines, which are 7.3m and designed for speeds of 1200 m/minute. For the chemical pulp project in Shandong, ABB will provide two sets of 14 MW synchronous motors, medium voltage motors and a drive system.
For both projects, ABB’s scope of supply includes its most advanced PMC800 drive system and ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS), featuring stable and easy operation, abundant information access and low maintenance requirements. ABB’s drives incorporate unique Direct Torque Control (DTC) technology, ensuring efficient production of high torque at low speeds.
“Competition for these prestigious projects was understandably fierce, but by optimizing our technical proposal and demonstrating our success with previous projects of a similar scope and scale, our China Pulp and Paper team was able to provide the best solution,” said YueMing Liu, Pulp and Paper Industry lead for China at ABB. “ABB also provided the automation solution for phase 1 of the Laos Project, which won the Modern Manufacturing 2018 Solution Excellence Award. By establishing mutual trust in multiple projects with Sun Paper, we hope to provide a solid foundation for our future relationship.”
About the Sun Paper Laos Project
Sun Paper invested in the Laos Project in response to the Belt and Road initiative promoted by the Chinese government, which encourages development along a former trade route that links China with other economies across Asia, Europe and Africa. Phase 1 of the project had a massive undertaking - a 400K ton chemical pulp project that covers the complete process of pulp production, alkaline recovery, pulp board machines, biomass furnaces, and chemicals. Phase 2 will continue to enrich Sun Paper’s product types, increase product grade, promote the product structure upgrading, greatly improve the comprehensive strength and core competitiveness to further consolidate its leading position in the paper making industry of China.