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Klabin orders Power Distribution System from ABB for the Puma II Project

In this order, ABB will supply the power distribution systems, drives, and motors to Klabin’s Puma II Project. The expansion of the Puma project further strengthens a longstanding association between ABB and Klabin.

August 18, 2022

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Klabin, Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of packaging paper and sustainable solutions for paper packaging, has ordered the management and power distribution system (PDS) for their Puma II Project from ABB. This new system will support their production target of 920,000 TPA. ABB will also supply the drives and motors for the project through Valmet.

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ABB will be responsible for ensuring the quality of the energy distributed to two new paper machines acquired by Klabin for the Ortigueira mill, in Paraná, to achieve their aim of increased production. The company will apply its automation expertise through the Energy Management System (EMS), an arm of the ABB Ability™ solutions that use the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system.

ABB’s solution also features technology such as the Is-limiter, the world’s fastest power switching device, which drives reduced costs and optimized resources and is suitable for short-circuit operations in both new systems and expansions of existing systems. The panels have Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) technology, which is SF6 insulated, sturdy, and with low maintenance, which ensures the isolation and protection of transmission and distribution equipment for high and medium voltage electrical power.

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The collaboration with Puma II is an expansion of the previous ABB system provided in the Puma I Project in 2014. The first phase of the Puma II Project was completed with the start-up of Paper Machine 27 (PM27), which will produce the world’s first kraftliner paper made 100 percent from eucalyptus fiber, providing the market with 450 thousand TPA. Eukaliner® is an innovative product made from renewable sources that optimises resources across the production chain. It delivers superior performance even at lower grammage, offering resistant and sustainable packaging paper with the excellent printing quality.

The second phase of the Puma II Project involves the construction of Paper Machine 28 (PM28), a modern and sophisticated paperboard machine that will increase production to meet the growing market demand for packaging papers. It is scheduled for delivery in 2023. The PM28 will have a production capacity of 460 thousand TPA and will consolidate Klabin’s position as a global producer of paperboard for liquid foods (milks and juices) and processed products.

“The continuation of Puma I to Puma II reflects our longstanding and successful partnership with ABB and is an important step in reaching our production target of 920,000 tonnes of kraft paper and paperboard per year,” said Mr. Gabriel Alves Lemes, Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation Manager for Klabin. “The automation of ABB’s electricity management will deliver both cost and space savings and reduce the mean time between power supply interruptions which means that, with regular preventive maintenance, corrections from failures are rare.”

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“To meet Klabin’s production target, through the addition of two new paper machines in operation, there is a need for increased power distribution. ABB’s system will ensure the control of energy not only for these new machines, but also for all the process islands,” said Mr. Robison De Martini, Sales Manager for Pulp & Paper, ABB. “With Brazil ranking second in the top global pulp ‎‎producers, Klabin’s pulp and paper production chain is important to the country’s economy. We are proud to be helping them contribute even further by increasing their production.”

The association between ABB and Klabin began in the 1980s, which has resulted in successful partnerships across various segments and projects, such as medium and high voltage, process electrification, motors, quality control, and automation systems, in several of Klabin’s sites in the pulp or paper processes.