Leading engineering, procurement and construction company, Punj Lloyd announced that it had bagged an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to set up Qatar's first plant for manufacture of polysilicon, the raw material used to build solar cells.

“The contract has been awarded by Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) and is scheduled to be commissioned by mid-2013,” the company said in a statement here.

It said the EPC contract involves the establishment of 4,000 tonnes per annum (TPA) of polysilicon manufacturing capacity. The total envisaged capacity of the plant is 8,000 TPA of high-purity solar grade polysilicon at an investment of $1 billion. The company preferred not to disclose the value of the contract awarded to it. The scope of work under the contract involves residual basic engineering and design, detailed engineering, procurement, supply, manufacturing, construction and commissioning, among other responsibilities, the statement added.

The project site was selected with future expansion in mind and spans 1.2 million square metres of land in Ras Laffan Industrial City, in the North-East of Qatar. “The contract will not only strengthen Punj Lloyd's position in the global renewable energy space, but will also underline its commitment to participate in the infrastructural growth of the country (Qatar),” company CEO for the Middle East, Africa and CIS countries, Ravindra Kansal said.

Punj Lloyd has a major presence in Qatar and is executing key EPC projects for the oil and gas sector, including the Doha Urban Pipeline Relocation — a multi-product pipeline from Qatar Petroleum Refinery to the Doha Depot for Qatar Petroleum — and fuel systems for the new Doha International Airport, the statement said.

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