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
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.