The start of polysilicon production at the huge Wacker Chemie AG at the Charleston, Tn., site has been moved back to mid-2015.
With this decision, the Munich-based chemical group "responds to the changing solar market conditions and current overcapacities for polysilicon," officials said
“This time schedule brings the development of our global polysilicon capacities in line with anticipated customer demand,” said Group CEO Dr. Rudolf Staudigl.
The Charleston site currently under construction is Wacker Chemie AG's most recent production plant for hyperpure polysilicon, which is a key raw material for solar cells. Construction work began in early April 2011.
Wacker’s current staff of approximately 280 employees are key to the success of the project and will continue their work to meet the launch schedule, it was stated.
Now that the completion schedule has been refined, Wacker is aligning its construction schedule and staffing ramp-up to correspond with the startup of production. The key project targets for plant capacity, investment and jobs remain unchanged, officials said.
Work at the plant was halted recently, then resumed, after two workers helping to build the facility died in a 140-foot plunge from a platform.