REC Silicon cancels plant shutdown, continues at 25% utilization

REC Silicon’s fluidized bed reactor polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington at night
Lights are kept on at REC Silicon’s polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington for the time being – Image: REC Silicon

U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has shelved its plan to shut down its fluidized bed reactor (FBR) polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington for two months in March and April.

The company’s Board of Directors has decided to continue to operate the facility at 25% of its capacity, “subject to gaining further clarity on whether trade negotiations between the Governments of the United States and China are likely to result in REC regaining access to the China market for solar grade polysilicon and the overall outlook for the polysilicon market.”

The USA and China are currently negotiating a series of issues in the trade relations between the two countries. According to a report by the news agency Reuters, China has offered that it would reduce its high import duties on U.S.-made polysilicon.

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