Norway's REC Silicon to resume full runs at US polysilicon plants

11 October 2011 11:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Norway-headquartered REC Silicon could resume full production at its polysilicon manufacturing facilities at Moses Lake in Washington in about two weeks following a power outage last week, industry sources said on Tuesday.

The company took the facilities off line on 4 October and restarted them shortly after, they added.

The facilities were running at full capacity prior to the shutdown, sources said.

As a result of this power outage, the company’s full year 2011 polysilicon production target has been reduced from 19,000 tonnes to 18,500 tonnes, REC Silicon said.

The company declined to comment on the capacity of the US plants in Moses Lake as well as in Butte, Montana.

REC Silicon runs three polysilicon plants – two in Moses Lake and one in Montana, according to industry sources.

The 13,000 tonne/year polysilicon plant in Moses Lake uses the fluidised bed reactor (FBR) technology, sources said.

The other two plants, which produce polysilicon chunks and rods by the Siemens reactor process, have a combined nameplate capacity of 6,500 tonnes/year, they added.

Prices of solar-grade polysilicon were assessed at $40-44/kg (€29-32) FOB (free on board) NE (northeast) Asia for the week ended 5 October, down by $2/kg from a week earlier because of a supply glut and weak global demand for solar feedstock, according to ICIS data.

($1 = €0.73)

For more on polysilicon, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Felicia Loo

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