JAPAN DISASTER: Tokuyama runs Yamaguchi polysilicon unit at 100%

16 March 2011 09:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Tokuyama is running its 9,000 tonne/year polysilicon plant in Yamaguchi in the Chugoku region at full rate, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

“Production is not affected by the earthquake in Japan,” said the source.

The north-eastern part of Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude on last Friday, followed by a devastating tsunami, and now the third-biggest energy user has to grapple with an unfolding nuclear crisis.

“There are no problems with the equipment and (silicon) feedstock inventories are ample,” said the source.

Tokuyama plans to take the plant off line for a turnaround either in summer or fall, he added.

Polysilicon is the raw material which is used to convert sunlight into electricity in solar cells.

For more on polysilicon, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Felicia Loo

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