Expanding solar cell market reaches South Pacific


The ever-rising and widespread solar cells market appears to be expanding into the South Pacific Rim, after it was revealed that a multi-million dollar polycrystalline silicon production facility is to be built in Malaysia.

The Chiyoda Corporation, Japan’s leading engineering and construction firm, has been awarded a contract by Tokuyama Corporation for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of a polycrystalline silicon plant in Malaysia.

FEED work is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2009, with an estimated $525m (Y50bn) thought to be invested in the facility.

Tokuyama Corp. suggested that the plant, to be located in an industrial park in the state of Sarawak, is slated to start production in 2012 at an annual pace of 3,000 tonnes. The company will also consider boosting the plant’s capacity while watching market conditions, company officials said.

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