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Fluor completes polysilicon plant in China for LDK Solar  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) has completed construction for LDK Solar’s (www.ldksolar.com) polysilicon plant in Xinyu City, China, one of the largest such production facility in the world. 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 record 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. Fluor continues to provide debottlenecking services at the plant and is implementing new technologies to increase the production for this state-of the-art facility. The production of polysilicon, which consists of small silicon crystals, is the most complicated step in the solar value chain. It is a key component in solar (or photovoltaic) cells, which convert energy from light directly into electricity.    
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