Russian Quartz

High Purity Quartz Concentrates

Operating Factories

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, Kyshtym Mining, Sumitomo Corporation

Industry Sector 
Other

Production Location 
Kyshtym, Chelyabinsk Oblast
Jobs to be created: 60

Investment Started:  2011

Total Budget

2.28  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
0.75  bln rubles

Modernization and expansion of high purity quartz production at the Kyshtym Mining production facility and quartz deposit

Portfolio company Russian Quartz will produce quartz concentrates at the Kyshtym Mining facility in Chelyabinsk Oblast. Under the project, the field-based complex, which is currently mining and processing quartz and preparing high-purity concentrates, will be technically upgraded. The quartz concentrates are feedstock for obtaining high purity quartz with many high-technology applications: microelectronics, heavy-duty and ultraviolet lighting, special-purpose optics, and quartz ceramics, to name a few.

The project to upgrade the complex will be implemented over three years in two phases. When phase two is finished, the company’s annual production capacity will have grown nearly sevenfold: from 1,500 tons to 10,000 tons of quartz concentrate with purity ranging from IOTA Standard to IOTA 6 grade.

In the first phase, scheduled for completion in mid-2012, the complex will bring quartz concentrate production to 6,000 tons annually. Currently world market of high-purity quartz concentrate stands at 60,000 tons per year. High demand from solar energy is creating a shortage. RUSNANO’s investment will enable Kyshtym Mining to increase its sales in a market that will continue to grow.

Once domestic production of quart concentrates reaches required amounts, Russia will have the entire vertically integrated production chain for polysilicon in place—from mining raw quartz and preparing concentrate to production of the quartz crucible and the industrial equipment for obtaining silicon monocrystals with purity of 6N to 12N.

Areas of application

  • Electronics
  • Solar energy
  • Lighting engineering
  • Medical equipment
  • Chemical industry

Market

  • Producers of semiconductor electronics, solar modules, optics, equipment for the chemical industry

Competitive advantages

  • High degree of purity
  • Low production costs