Xinjiang factory explosion threatens further polysilicon shortage – pv magazine Australia
There have been reports of a fire and subsequent explosion at a silicone packaging workshop owned by Silicon Hoshine in the Shihezi China Economic and Technological Development Zone Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Local government officials reported that a fire broke out at the Hoshine “997 siloxane” packaging plant around noon on June 8th.
pv magazine learned that the crash was under control at 10:40 p.m. local time after five firefighting units arrived at the scene.
Hoshine said this morning that the incident occurred at a unit that had a working test production line and that no casualties were caused by the fire and explosion.
Staff from the local government’s environment department tested the air conditions around the plant and found no toxic or harmful gaseous pollution at the scene, officials said last night.
The cause of the accident has reportedly been investigated.
Sources said neighboring businesses evacuated non-essential staff around half an hour after the fire started, with several nearby blocks subsequently cordoned off by traffic control personnel.
Hoshine Silicon’s LinkedIn page describes the polysilicon producer as “the world’s largest producer of silicon metal with its own coal and thermoelectricity.”
In 2019, the company’s silicon metal production reached 560,000 metric tons and accounted for about 26% of the Chinese market and nearly 17% of the global supply.
The factory unit affected by the fire is one of two main manufacturing bases in Hoshine and an independent source claimed that the explosion occurred in the second phase of the 200,000 metric ton annual capacity of the production complex, with the adjacent 390,000-tonne facility still in operation. at normal output.
Although Hoshine stressed this morning that production had not been affected by the incident, solar power makers are already seeing input costs rise due to a polysilicon shortage, will be concerned about the potential closure of the plant for safety inspections, as it supplies silicon manufacturers downstream in Xinjiang, including Xinte, Daqo, and GCL-Poly.
An anonymous source said: “It will be up to the local government to know if this accident will influence the market, [either by a] small or heavy[ily]. “
Author: Vincent Shaw
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