The local Idea Polysilicon Company (IPC) has awarded France’s Technip the project management and engineering services contract for its planned polysilicon and solar wafer plant at Yanbu on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast.

In a statement, IPC said the plant will have a capacity of 10,000 tonnes a year (t/y) when completed, of which 4,000 t/y will be converted into solar wafers. About 1,000 jobs are expected to be created.

MEED reported in 2009 that IPC was planning to build a polysilicon plant and the initial scheme was for a facility with a capacity of 5,000 t/y. IPC also said it plans to move the complex further downstream in future phases. This will include the production of solar cells and panels.

IPC is based in Al-Khobar in the eastern province of the kingdom and comprises a consortium of businessmen from the GCC region. Marwan al-Ghurair, from the UAE’s Abdulla al-Ghurair Group, is a board member of the company.