REC Silicon to continue FBR production at 25 percent capacity

Moses Lake, Washington silicon factory

The Executive Board of the Norwegian REC Silicon ASA has decided not to shut down the fluidized bed reactors (FBR) at its polysilicon plant in Moses Lake (Washington State, USA) for the time being, but to continue operating them as before with a reduced capacity of around 25 percent.
On February 12, the company had to report a drastic decline in polysilicon sales, from 13,503 metric tons in 2017 to only 7,784 tons in 2018. The Supervisory Board therefore considered shutting down the Moses Lake site for an initial period of two months and referred to the trade war between the USA and China as justification. Even now, the decision to restrict further operations is subject to whether the trade talks between the USA and China will lead to REC regaining access to the Chinese polysilicon market. However, REC Silicon also had problems with the cost structure of its FBR plant prior to the outbreak of the trade dispute.

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