Fluor awarded EPC contract for Centinela solar project

Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) has announced that Centinela Solar Energy LLC, a member of LS Power Group, has awarded the company a lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, as well as a separate contract for ongoing operations and maintenance services, for its new nominal 170 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Southern California.

Fluor has been awarded both the 125 MW Phase 1 and the 45 MW Phase 2 of the Centinela project and received full notice-to-proceed for Phase 1, which was booked into backlog in the third quarter of 2012.  Phase 2 is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2013.

The Centinela project is in Imperial County, Calif., approximately 90 miles east of San Diego, and has all major permits secured for the project. This project will help meet the regional need for renewable energy and will be one of the first major projects to tie into the newly constructed Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Line.  Centinela Solar Energy has closed financing for the project and has 20-year power purchase agreements with San Diego Gas & Electric for the entire power output from the facility.

Engineering and procurement is under way from Fluor’s Southern California operations center. The facility is expected to achieve full commercial operation by approximately the middle of 2014.

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