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Posted On: 5 October 2011 06:34 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Qatar Solar Technologies to build $1bn plant

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Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) will be building a polysilicon production facility worth around $1bn in Qatar. QSTec’s plant will manufacture 8,000 MTPY (metric tonnes per year) of high-purity solar grade polysilicon and is scheduled to commence operations in second half of 2013. The site is located on 1.2 million square metres of land in Ras Laffan Industrial City. Dr Khalid K Al Hajri, Board Member and CEO of QSTec said: “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, a EPC conglomerate headquartered in India. QSTec is a joint venture between Qatar Solar (a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development), SolarWorld AG and Qatar Development Bank.