AMEC gets 250MW Sempra EPC deal

AMEC has won the EPC contract for the 250MW third phase of Sempra’s Copper Mountain PV project in the US state of Nevada, shifting the British engineering giant’s solar ambitions into a new gear.

Through its joint venture with Black & McDonald, AMEC is a significant EPC player in the Canadian wind market, and it is currently building a number of mid-sized utility-scale PV arrays.

Working on its own, AMEC has been ramping up its solar presence in the US. It has won a spate of recent orders from Dominion Energy, including a nearly 30MW series of arrays in the state of Indiana to be supplied by China’s Jinko Solar.

But the Copper Mountain 3 contract – again won by AMEC on its own – rockets the company into an entirely new league, competing with the likes of Bechtel and First Solar in the large-scale PV space in the US.

The customer is Sempra, whose sprawling Copper Mountain complex near Boulder City will top out at nearly 460MW upon its slated completion in 2015. Some 208MW has been built to date at the first and second phases, all of the power sold to Pacific Gas & Electric.

The Copper Mountain deal “fully aligns” with AMEC’s “Vision 2015” growth strategy, which includes strengthening its position in renewables, says Simon Naylor, the company’s group president for the Americas.

“Building on our growing solar position in the US, it demonstrates our ability to leverage our global design, engineering and project management expertise to deliver projects for our customers.”