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Four bidders to build Saudi Arabian PV plant

Project targets country's KA Care solar programme.

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Saudi Arabia is embracing solar.
Saudi Arabia is embracing solar.

Four international consortia have submitted their bids to build a 10,000 tonne capacity polysilicon plant to Saudi Arabia’s Idea Polysilicon Company (IPC) on the back of plans to develop a fully-integrated photo-voltaic (PV) supply chain in the Kingdom.

The plant will produce a number of polysilicon products including ingots and wafers, but a key market will be Saudi Arabia’s target of 41GW in PV installations by 2032.

Germany’s Centrotherm SiTec, which has already carried out the basic engineering for the plant, remains a likely favourite and has teamed up with dominant force in the construction market, Hanwha Engineering & Construction.

However, bidders also include a China/US consortium between Chengda Engineering Corp and US specialists, Poly Plant Project; a German consortium between hi-tech facility design engineers M+W and equipment specialist Schmid Silicon Technology; and, a US/Korean link-up between polysilicon equipment specialist GT Advanced Technologies and Samsung Engineering.

Contracts are expected to be signed with winning bidders in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Saudi Arabia has announced plans (dubbed K A Care) to build 41GW of solar capacity by 2032. 

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