Massive fire at Chinese polysilicon plant
A Chinese manufacturer of high-purity polysilicon, has suffered an "explosion" at a polysilicon plant in Shihezi City, Xinjiang, China yesterday.
Updated; September 29, 2021 4:55 PM
EDITOR'S NOTE_ Initial information suggested that Daqo New Energy was the owner of the plant which had suffered the damage. However in a notification with the Shanghai Stock Exchange it became clear that factory belongs to Hoshine Silicon IndustrySeveral posts on Twitter claim that the explosion occurred at a polysilicon plant in Shihezi at around noon on June 8th. Daqo New Energy operates a polysilicon facility in Shihezi, Xinjiang (as do Hoshine Silicon Industry). At the time of the event, Evertiq reached out to Daqo New Energy for a comment but did not receive a response. Polysilicon is used in the solar PV industry as well as the semiconductor industry – which as we already know is under severe pressure due to the shortage.
Updated information: The massive fire seen in the video above occurred at a factory belonging to Hoshine Silicon Industry, who in a notification with the Shanghai Stock Exchange stated that the fire broke out at a second phase trial production line. As reported by Mercom Media, the damaged part of the plant did not house any of the raw material production - which is what actually goes into making the polysilicon. The fire was extinguished, and no personell was reported injured. In the notice Hoshine continues stating that the accident will have no significant impact on the company's production and operation.