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Technip awarded contract by Silicium de Provence for a photovoltaic silicon production plant

February 15, 2007

Paris, February 15, 2007

Technip has been awarded a contract by Silicium de Provence (Silpro) for the preliminary studies pertaining to a polycrystalline silicon production plant dedicated to photovoltaic applications. The plant will be located in Saint-Auban in southeastern France and will have an initial production capacity of 2,500 tons per year of ultra pure silicon for use in the fabrication of solar panels.

Technip’s operations and engineering centers in Lyon and Paris will carry out the execution of this contract, which covers:

  • drawing up the plant’s process book,
  • devising the plant’s master plan integrating the possibility of subsequent capacity expansion, and
  • project organization and scheduling.
The plant, which represents a total investment of €245 million, will create some 200 local jobs and will set the foundations of a solar energy industry in the region.


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With a workforce of 22,000 people, Technip ranks among the top five corporations in the field of oil, gas and petrochemical engineering, construction and services. Headquartered in Paris, the Group is listed in New York and Paris.
The Group’s main operations and engineering centers and business units are located in France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, the USA, Brazil, Abu-Dhabi, China, India, Malaysia and Australia.
In support of its activities, the Group manufactures flexible pipes and umbilicals, and builds offshore platforms in its manufacturing plants and fabrication yards in France, Brazil, the UK, the USA, Finland and Angola, and has a fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.