Supplies at Work: Electrification and automation solutions help iron ore plant operate more efficiently

ABB ( has won two orders for electrification and automation equipment to help Swedish iron ore producer Northland Resources ( operate its new concentrator plant at the highest levels of energy efficiency.

The newly established Kaunisvaara project is located approximately 100 km north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, near the Finnish border. When in full production, it will produce five million tons of high grade iron ore per year in the concentrator plant, for use in iron and steelmaking.

ABB will supply a range of electrification and automation solutions for the concentrator plant and the excavation operations in the open pit mine that feeds it. The first order was awarded directly from Northland Resources and includes prefabricated containerized electrical rooms, plant wide fiber optic network infrastructure and associated civil works for the Tapuli iron ore deposit. The second order was placed by Metso and comprises the complete electrical and control package for the concentrator plant. 

ABB’s electrification and automation solutions will allow Northland Resources to achieve optimal operational conditions to reach the highest production at the lowest energy costs. The scope of supply includes nine containerized electrical rooms with embedded medium- and low-voltage switchgear, variable-speed drives and motor control centers, integrated with a plant-wide process automation system using ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA. ABB’s delivery also includes fiber optic network equipment cabling, cable trenching, installation material, engineering, commissioning, installation supervision and project management services. 

Learn more about the Kaunisvaara project