Fluor finishes China polysilicon plant for LDK Solar

Fluor Corp. has completed construction for LDK Solar’s polysilicon plant in Xinyu City, China, one of the largest such production facility in the world, officials said on Monday.

Fluor provided engineering, procurement and construction management services for the plant, which produces solar-grade silicon for the photovoltaic industry.

The first of the three production lines was finished in time to allow LDK Solar to begin initial production of photovoltaic polycrystalline silicon less than 24 months after the start of construction.

Construction of the second line was completed in July 2011 with the third and final line completed in late 2011, which met LDK's schedule and budget requirements, the companies said.

“Fluor’s project execution was exemplary and the team responded to changing circumstances in a timely and professional manner while exhibiting the discipline to keep the project on schedule,” said Goran Bye, CEO of the LDK Silicon & Chemical Technology Co., Ltd.

“The project featured a first-class safety record. Fluor also designed first rate safety features into the polysilicon plant and has continuously transferred knowledge and competency to the benefit of the LDK organization.”

"We are proud of our partnership with LDK Solar to help realize this world-class chemical plant that will lead the photovoltaic industry for years,” said Ken Choudhary, senior vice president of Fluor's energy and chemicals group, who also served as the project director for the facility.

“We appreciate LDK Solar’s confidence in Fluor to continue to expand this operation and assist in reducing the total life-cycle facility costs of the plant,” he added.

Fluor said it continues to provide debottlenecking services at the plant and is implementing new technologies to increase production.

Polysilicon is a key component in solar (or photovoltaic) cells, which convert energy from light directly into electricity.

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