AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.’s subsidiary Timminco Limited announced that its Board of Directors has approved capacity expansion plans for the production of solar-grade silicon at its wholly owned subsidiary, Becancour Silicon Inc. (Quebec, Canada). The expansion is expected to raise the total annual production capacity of its solar-grade-silicon facilities to 14,400 metric tons from 3,600 metric tons. The expansion will be completed by mid-2009.

The expansion will include a new production facility equal in capacity to the manufacturing plant currently being commissioned. In addition, new production lines will be installed in BSI’s existing silicon-metal facility in Becancour to process first pass material.