QSTec starts up polysilicon facility in Qatar

01 April 2017

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec), a leading solar company, said that it has produced its first polysilicon at its 8,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) manufacturing facility in Qatar.

QSTec, the largest polysilicon producer in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, which plans to expand to over 50,000 mtpa, has successfully commenced operations at its Ras Laffan Industrial City site, said a statement from the company.

The activation of QSTec’s plant represents a major step forward for the region’s solar industry, it said.

Dr Khalid K Al Hajri, chairman and CEO, QSTec, said: “The first polysilicon produced from our facility in Qatar represents a major milestone for our company and has paved the way for a solar manufacturing base to be established within the region.”

“This important achievement in the history of our company has been made possible by the continued support of all our shareholders, stakeholders, and the dedication and commitment to the success of the project from our team,” he said.

“We are now moving from the construction phase towards full scale production and it’s an incredibly exciting time for us and the region’s solar industry,” he added.

The new facility is state of the art including a wide range of environmentally friendly technologies, next generation reactors, energy efficient cooling systems and advanced waste treatment facilities that recycle excess gasses and water for reuse in a closed loop system that reduces costs, said a statement.

In addition to this, QSTec’s new facility has a 1.1 megawatt (MW) solar installation that includes a ground mounted solar farm as well as rooftop and solar car parking shades and is a showcase of sustainability, it said.

Dr Al Hajri added: “As a global solar company, we and our shareholders, have a strong commitment to sustainability, environmental protection and to reducing greenhouse gasses and we have incorporated this into our polysilicon plant.”

“We all need to play a role in protecting our environment and we want to lead by example,” he said.

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