Uzbekistan commissions second plant for production of technical silicon
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 23
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbek-Korean "Uz-Shindong Silicon" joint venture has commissioned a plant for the production of technical silicon in "Angren" special industrial zone (Tashkent region) worth about $10 million, according to the Uzbek Ministry of Economy.
The report also said that the raw material for new production will come from a quartz field in the Jizzakh region. Initially the plant was planned to be commissioned in spring of 2013.
It was earlier reported that the Uz-Shindong Silicon JV was created in 2008 for the exploration and development of quartz and quartzite fields in promising areas of the Jizzakh region and the construction of an industrial silicon production plant. Founders are the Uzbek State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources and Korean Shindong Enercom Inc.
Later, Uzmetkombinat joined the joint venture. Currently, all participants have equal shares in the joint venture.
This is the second project for industrial silicon production which is carried out in Uzbekistan.
In August 2012, the Uzbek-Korean JV Uz-Kor Silicon commissioned a plant for the production of industrial silicon in the Navoi region worth $20.8 million.
The project was funded at the expense of founders of the joint venture in the amount of $13.9 million and borrowings.
The enterprise consists of a processing complex with a capacity of 12,000 tons of industrial silicon and a mining complex for the extraction of 39,000 tons of quartz ore per year.
It is planned to control production of poly and single-crystal silicon on the basis of Uz-Kor Silicon JV and Uz-Shindong Silicon JV in the future.
Edited by CN