ABB has won a £1.6M order from Outokumpu for variable AC drives for the fume extraction system at its Sheffield, UK plant.

The project will see ABB supply four 1.2MW fan drive systems to provide fume extraction for Outokumpu’s stainless melting and continuous casting facility. Each package will consist of an ABB industrial drive, a transformer and an ABB high voltage motor.

The systems will provide fume extraction for the melting shop generally and for individual units such as the electric arc furnace and the argon oxygen decarburiser.

Replacing the existing direct-on-line motors, the variable speed drive fans will achieve an annual saving in CO2 of over 5,000 tonnes.

The contract includes the supply of four motor bedplates, removal of old equipment, a service contract, project management, integration of control equipment and an extended 36 month warranty. Installation is scheduled for early August 2010.