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TVEL Fuel Company and QSIL (Germany) set-up a joint venture for production of extra-pure quartz concentrate

28.07.2017, 14:56

Angarsk Electrolysis Chemical Plant (AECP JSC; a subsidiary of TVEL JSC) and QSIL GmbH, Germany, have signed legally binding documents on establishment of Quartz LLC, a joint venture for production of extra-pure quartz concentrate. The ceremony took part in TVEL head-quarters in Moscow in presence of  the company’s top-managers.

The industrial facilities of Quartz LLC will be installed at the existing manufacturing site of AECP located in Angarsk, Irkutsk region (East Siberia, Baikal area). The production start-up is scheduled for 2021, the initial output volume is set at 250 tons per year. The launch of the new enterprise would enable creation of approximately 50 new jobs. QSIL GmbH will hold 60% in Quartz LLC equity, while the share of AECP JSC will comprise 40%. Total investment in the project is estimated about 600 mln rubles (EUR 8.6 mln at the current rate), including equity contribution with the scheduled capital top-up and raising loan-based project funding. 
The project completion would establish international industrial cooperation within vertically integrated production chain. Gangue quartz, extracted from Russia-based deposits in Polar Urals and Irkutsk region, will be used as the raw material. The new enterprise, in its turn, will provide hydrothermal growth of extra-pure quartz crystals and then process them to the state of extra-pure quartz concentrate, the so called quartz sand, with advanced specifications. The whole volume of production will be supplied to the German enterprises of QSIL, one of the global leaders in production of goods made of quartz. In particular, the extra-pure quartz sand made in Russia, would be feedstocked for production of silica glass which is widely used in semiconductors industry for making microprocessors, memory chips, etc.
“The project is fully in accordance with Rosatom Integral industrial policy for new business development, with its strategic goal focused on creation of the second business core, based on market-launch of new competitive products with export potential. According to our calculations, the new enterprise would take on a 2.5 share of the global high-quality quartz concentrate market right after the launch, and has a potential to gain up to 10% of the market”, stressed Andrei Andrianov, TVEL JSC vice-president for development of general purpose industrial business. 
“This joint venture would enable QSIL GmbH to diversify feedstock supply, advance business positions in terms of stability and reliability, as well as extend our product range”, commented Stephan Behr, QSIL GmbH CEO.

Angarsk Electrolysis Chemical Plant (AECP JSC) – en enterprise within TVEL Fuel Company, with its core business focused on production of natural and enriched uranium hexafluorides used for nuclear fuel fabrication. www.aecc.ru
QSIL a leading producer of fused quartz products, which are sold under the trademark Ilmasil® and PH. Its products are widely supplied throughout the global market from the factories in Germany and The Netherlands. The sole focus of QSIL is the manufacture of fused quartz. This covers the raw material treatment, the fusion of heavy wall cylinders, the manufacturing of small and large diameter tubes, and the fabrication of customized products. With many years' experience in the melting and fabrication of fused quartz, as well as having state of the art processing technologies and quality control equipment, QSIL has unique capabilities to supply our customers with products of the highest quality. As a result, QSIL materials have been certified by leading OEMs.
TVEL Fuel Company was established on September 12, 1996 in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation. It makes an integral part of Rosatom State Corporation. It  includes enterprises for nuclear fuel fabrication, uranium conversion and enrichment, gas centrifuges production, as well as research and design institutions. It supplies nuclear fuel for 78 power reactors in 15 countries, research reactors in nine countries, as well as for transport reactors of the Russian nuclear navy. Every sixth nuclear power reactor in the world is runig on fuel produced by TVEL. (