Solar PV power plant requires 40 miles of cable tray

Jan. 4, 2016
Fluor's Centinela Solar Energy project involves a170-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility located on approximately 1,600 acres in Imperial County, California.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced that its Centinela Solar Energy project has been named "2015 Best Project Safety Award of Merit" winner by Engineering News-Record (ENR) for the California region. Fluor performed engineering, procurement and construction services and is now providing operations and maintenance services for the new, 170-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility located on approximately 1,600 acres in Imperial County, California. The award's judging noted Fluor completed the project safely by working more than 700,000 construction hours with no lost-time accidents and no recordable incidents.

For the project, Fluor’s construction team successfully installed a total of more than 875,000 solar PV panels, 15,000 tons of steel, 40 miles of cable tray and 425 miles of AC and DC cabling, working in conjunction with LS Power, an independent power company that develops, owns, operates and invests in power generation and electric transmission infrastructure throughout the United States. The Centinela Solar Energy project is LS Power’s largest solar project to date. It is one of the first major projects to tie into the newly constructed Sunrise Power Transmission Line. Centinela Solar Energy has 20-year power purchase agreements with San Diego Gas & Electric for the entire output from the facility, enough to power more than 60,000 homes.

Fluor was recognized at ENR’s Best Projects Awards breakfast banquet recently in Los Angeles. Award recipients were selected by a jury of industry professionals. “It is an honor to have Fluor recognized for the safe execution of this project,” said Chris Tye, president of Fluor’s power business line. “We continue to maintain our safety culture as we perform operations and maintenance for this facility, helping to meet the regional need for renewable energy.”

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