Fluor gets AVSE PV O&M deal

US engineering giant Fluor has secured a five-year operations and maintenance contract for the 125MW Arlington Valley Solar Energy II (AVSE2) PV array, which it is building in Arizona for LS Power.

Fluor was awarded a lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the AVSE2 project in late 2011, and is on track to finish the project – among the world’s largest PV arrays – this year.

The deal would appear to mark Fluor’s first foray into long-term O&M work in the PV industry, with Matt McSorley, senior vice president of the company’s power business, saying: “We are pleased to expand our work in the renewable-energy market.”

Fluor is also building the 170MW Centinela PV project for LS Power in southern California, due for completion next year.

Both projects have long-term off-take contracts with San Diego Gas & Electric.

Having built one of the world’s first utility-scale PV parks in the 1980s, Fluor re-entered the space several years ago by building the 20MW Copper Crossing array for Iberdrola in Arizona.

The company also has large ambitions in the offshore wind space. In addition to performing EPC work at the ill-starred Greater Gabbard project, Fluor is also a shareholder in a 1GW project in Scotland’s Firth of Forth.