Qatar announces $1bn solar plant
Manufacturing centre will produce 8,000 tonnes of polysilicon a year
Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it plans to build a $1bn polysilicon production facility.
QSTec's plant will manufacture 8,000 MTPY (metric tonnes per year) of high-purity solar grade polysilicon and is scheduled to start operations in the second half of 2013.
The site, chosen with future expansion in mind, is located on 1.2m sq m of land in Ras Laffan Industrial City in the north east of Qatar, the heart of Qatar's LNG refineries and exports.
Driven by Qatar's long term vision for sustainability, QSTec aims to leverage the country's natural resources and advanced research facilities to manufacture and develop solar technologies, it said in a statement.
Dr Khalid K Al Hajri, CEO of QSTec, added: "By utilising Qatar's resources today to make polysilicon, which in turn creates a variety of solar energy technologies and products, we are helping the global transformation towards a more diversified mix of clean energy solutions.
“In Qatar we have been blessed with energy both above and below surface. We have tapped the energy below the earth through our LNG exports and now we are looking to the sun with a vision to tapping its unlimited potential," he said.
QSTec's Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract was awarded to the Punj Lloyd Group, headquartered in Gurgaon, India.
Punj Lloyd won the contract based on a competitive bidding process and has a major presence in Qatar executing key EPC projects for the oil and gas sector.
Launched in 2010, QSTec is a joint venture company formed between Qatar Solar, SolarWorld and Qatar Development Bank.