Fluor Corporation, a developer of PV projects headquartered in Irving, Texas, US, has been awarded an EPC contract by Centinela Solar Energy, a member of LS Power Group, for a 170MW solar park located in southern California, US. The company has also been awarded a separate contract for ongoing operations and maintenance services of the PV facility.
The EPC contract has been awarded for both the 125MW Phase 1 and 45MW Phase 2 parts of the project, which represents Fluor’s second PV project for LS Power Group. Engineering and procurement is currently under way from Fluor’s southern California operations centre as part of Phase 1. Phase 2 is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2013.
“This significant new win for Fluor further solidifies our position as a leader in the solar power engineering and construction industry,” said Dave Dunning, president of Fluor’s Power Group. “We look forward to expanding our solar resume and delivering our second solar PV project for LS Power. Fluor’s decades of project management expertise and our financial strength demonstrates our ability to bring a turnkey solution to our clients for their utility-scale solar developments.”
The 170MW project, located on approximately 1,600 acres of land in Imperial County, California, will be one of the first major projects to tie into the newly constructed Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Line. Centinela Solar Energy has secured all major permits and closed all necessary financing for the project.
When complete, the solar park will generate enough electricity to meet the regional demand. The entire output generated by the PV facility will be purchased by San Diego Gas & Electric under a 20-year PPA. The facility is expected to become commercially operational by the middle of 2014.
California is currently a major hot spot for PV investment. Earlier this month, the state’s Independent System Operator (ISO) confirmed that California had surpassed the 1,000MW milestone setting new US records.