Technip to help build new 10,000 MTY polysilicon facility in Saudi Arabia

IPC plans to build a 10,000 MTY polysilicon facility in Saudi Arabia
IPC plans to build a 10,000 MTY polysilicon facility in Saudi Arabia

Technip Engineering & Construction Ltd. (Paris, France) has signed an agreement to provide project management and engineering services to IDEA Polysilicon Company (IPC, Khobar, Saudi Arabia) for a new polysilicon, ingot, and wafer production facility in Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

The project will be the largest polysilicon production facility in the Middle East, with a production capacity of 10,000 tons annually (MTY), of which 4,000 tons will be converted to solar wafers.

"By producing polysilicon and wafers, the IPC project will unlock the photovoltaic solar energy industrial value chain in Saudi Arabia that starts with polysilicon and ends with kilowatt hours that will contribute to meeting the growing demand for electricity in Saudi Arabia," stated IDEA Polysilicon Company Managing Director Dr. Basel Abu Sharkh.

"Studies conducted with international consultants indicate that Saudi Arabia is the most competitive manufacturing location for PV solar energy and that having an integrated manufacturing value chain will allow PV solar energy to be produced locally at a viable cost."


IPC plans downstream expansion


Dr. Basel notes that the project will benefit from Technip's recently acquisition of chemical and energy divisions of the Shaw Group (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.).

IPC also has plans to expand downstream into manufacturing of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, as well as developing and operating PV plants. Saudi authorities plan for the project to form the nucleus of a solar industry cluster in Yabu Industrial City.




2012-11-27 | Courtesy: IPC | © Heindl Server GmbH

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