7 Sep 2009 11:02

Tianwei Sichuan Silicon kicks off operations of its first polysilicon plant

Shanghai. September 7. INTERFAX-CHINA - Tianwei Sichuan Silicon Co. Ltd. (TSS), a polysilicon producer, has put its first polysilicon plant into commercial operation, TSS's parent company, Baoding Tianwei Group, announced on Sept. 7.

TSS started construction of the 3,000-ton polysilicon plant in May 2008, and the plant completed trial operation late last month, according to the announcement. The plant cost about RMB 2.7 billion ($395.31 million) to build.

TSS is based in the Xinjin Industrial Zone in Xinjin county, Sichuan Province, nearby Chengdu City. The company is a joint venture between the Tianwei Group, Sichuan Chuantou Energy Co. Ltd. and Sichuan Minjiang Hydropower Co. Ltd. Tianwei Group holds a 51 percent stake in TSS, while Chuantou Energy and Minjiang Hydropower hold stakes of 35 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

With the start of operations at TSS, Tianwei Group is the only firm in China that has a complete industrial chain for solar products.