The German solar panel manufacturer Solarworld said on March 1 it will invest in the Arabian peninsula's first silicon plant, along with two local companies in Qatar.
Solarworld, Qatar Foundation and the Qatar Development Bank have created a joint enterprise that will invest $500 million dollars in a site in northeastern Qatar designed to produce 3,600 tons of silicon per year.
The German group will own a stake of 29% and the foundation 70%, a statement said.
Production was forecast to begin in the third quarter of 2012.
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