Fluor to Design, Build, Operate and Maintain
by Nicholas Brown
Fluor Corporation announced today that Arlington Valley Solar Energy II awarded it a lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 125-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) generating facility in Maricopa County, Arizona, as well as a separate contract for operating and maintaining the power plant.
Compared to most solar power setups, this is a very large-scale power plant.
"This significant new win for Fluor positions the company 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 one of the world's largest solar PV projects for LS Power. Fluor's financial strength and backing for this project demonstrates our ability to bring a turnkey solution to our clients for their utility-scale solar developments."
All of the major permits required have been acquired and this project is to be located on 1,160 acres (4.69 square km) of land.
"We are pleased to be working with a world-class EPC firm like Fluor for LS Power's largest solar project to date," said John King, executive vice president of LS Power. "This project brings many benefits to the State of Arizona and Maricopa County, including construction and operations jobs with local business opportunities and longer-term benefits from tax revenues. The State of California will benefit from the green energy delivered from the project as well as the solar panel sales from a San Diego-based manufacturer for a portion of the project."
The construction process is now taking place at Fluor's Southern California operations center. The power plant is expected to be operational by late 2013.
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