Spanish firm Elecnor has awarded Fluor Corporation a contract to provide engineering services for a new 50 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Badajoz, Spain.

Under the contract, Fluor will provide detailed engineering and other associated services for the project. When complete, the 50 MW CSP generating facility will capture solar energy using parabolic trough mirrors, converting the energy into electricity through a steam turbine generator.

The project is already underway with engineering expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2011. Fluor’s Asturias and Madrid, Spain, operations will lead the engineering effort with support from its southern California operations center.

Fluor has been providing front-end support work to Elecnor for this project since early in 2009.

Spain is considered to be the world’s most progressive market for CSP projects, largely due to government policy. There are currently around 22 CSP projects with a total capacity of 1037 MW under construction in Spain.