International Paper – Paper Machine Productivity Improvements


Olsson Industrial Electric served as the lead electrical and controls contractor for a >$100M capital improvement project, increasing production capacity by more than 40,000 tons of containerboard per year. The Olsson construction management team worked hand-in-hand with the customer to plan and execute a complex construction sequence, maximizing pre-outage construction opportunities, streamlining the outage construction schedule, and minimizing overtime costs. Installation, testing and commissioning was handled by a robust team of experienced Olsson electricians and controls technicians. Featuring more than 60 on-site during critical outages, the Olsson team completed this project with craftsman quality and zero safety incidents. 


  • Extensive demo of existing systems. Installation, checkout, and commissioning of the following items:
  • One 4600 13 K/600 V transformer, two 1250 HP VFDs, one 450 HP VFD, and several smaller VFDs
  • Extensive temporary power upgrades (MCCs to be used for temporary power during outages)
  • New boiler port rodders, gas skids and start burners; New roll handling system; New winder safety system
  • Thirty-five PLCs and control panels built in-house by our UL-508 panel shop and installed on site
  • Numerous process control instruments
  • 1,200 feet of cable tray, 34,000 feet of conduit and 280,000 feet of cabling
  • Engineering/Project Management for cable pull calcs, labor forcasting, work sequencing, etc.
  • One engineer specifically dedicated to recovery boiler commissioning


  • No lost time, injuries or accidents
  • All work completed on or ahead of time and under budget
  • Over 60 personnel worked safely 24/7 during a 5-week shutdown
Client: International Paper Company
Location: Springfield, Oregon
Timeline: 2015-2017
Divisions: Construction, Controls & Engineering
Value: > $6,250,000


Heavy Industrial Electrical Construction
Plant Automation
Automation System Analysis

Industry Served:

Pulp & Paper

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