Power and automation technology group ABB has successfully commissioned the integrated electrification and automation system installed at the first process line of Northland Resources’ Kaunisvaara iron ore concentrator plant in Sweden. The operation has now produced its first concentrate on the process line.

ABB says the extremely tight schedule around the project resulted in the group delivering its first equipment two months after being awarded the contract in early 2012, with production beginning seven months later.

Northland president Karl-Axel Waplan says, “This is truly a remarkable achievement by the Northland team together with our key suppliers. They have been able to keep up with the demanding time schedule that we set up and this has only been possible thanks to the tremendous dedication of the project management team and the competent staff. The close partnership with our contract partners has played a vital role in our success.”

ABB’s electrification and automation solutions will allow Northland to achieve optimal operational conditions to reach highest possible production at the lowest energy costs.

The scope of supply included nine containerized electrical rooms with embedded medium and low voltage switchgear, variable-speed drives and motor control centres, integrated with a plant-wide process automation system using ABB s Extended Automation System 800xA.

ABB’s delivery also included fibre optic network equipment cabling, cable trenching, installation material, engineering, commissioning, installation supervision and project management services.

The site is about 100km north of the Arctic Circle where Northland plans to produce 1.4 million tonnes of high-grade iron ore concentrate this year and 3 million tonnes in 2014. The company expects to reach annual production capacity of 4 million tonnes in the beginning of the third quarter of 2014.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.


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