Wacker: U.S. polysilicon plant shutdown will take several months

Charleston residents protest against Wacker’s communication policy after hydrogen explosion at its polysilicon plant
Charleston residents protest against Wacker’s communication policy after the hydrogen blast – Image: Katherine Marchand on Twitter

Wacker Chemie AG has issued a second press release on the explosion that occurred at its polysilicon plant near Charleston, Tennessee (USA) on September 7.

According to Wacker, the explosion “was caused by a technical defect prompting a leak of hydrogen which subsequently caught fire (…). As a result, damaged piping leaked chlorosilane (…).” The company expects that it will take several months until the plant is restarted.

Wacker’s communication policy has sparked harsh criticism in the local community.

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