ABB awarded $20 million drives contract

ABB has today received a $20 million contract from China’s Jiangsu Shagang Group to supply all drive systems and power supply equipment for a ‘greenfield’ heavy plate rolling mill.

ABB has today received a $20 million contract from China’s Jiangsu Shagang Group Co, Ltd to supply all drive systems and power supply equipment for a ‘greenfield’ heavy plate rolling mill.

The new mill will be built near Shanghai in Jiangsu Province in co-operation with the engineering firm Voest -Alpine Industrieanlagenbau of Austria.

‘This project continues a long line of achievements for ABB in China’s metals industries,’ commented Dinesh Paliwal, head of ABB’s Automation Technologies division.

Rolling mill operations are characterised by rapidly varying loads, fast changes between driving and braking, and constant torque over a wide speed range. ABB will supply several advanced drives, including two ABB 11.5 MW main motors.

The new rolling mill is scheduled to produce its first plates in widths up to five metres within 28 months.