Fluor Corp. said it is planning to build and operate a $25-million power facility in Massachusetts to convert trash into energy, marking the engineering giant's first venture in what it hopes will be a series of mass-burn plants across the country.
The Irvine-based company recently set up a separate unit--called Fluor Resource Recovery of Massachusetts Limited Partnership--expressly to own and operate the Agawam, Mass., facility, scheduled for completion in March, 1988.
And Fluor is actively pursuing other waste-to-energy projects, according to Rick Maslin, company spokesman. He would not say where or how many.
"We're going wherever there's a market for engineering services and this (trash-to-power niche) is certainly one of them," Maslin said.
The facility will be designed and built by Fluor Engineering Inc.'s Houston Engineering Center. After completion, Fluor Engineering will take in an estimated $2.1 million a year to operate and maintain the plant--although at least some of that work already has been subcontracted to a Vicon Recovery Systems Inc. of Butler, N.J. Construction is slated to begin next month, Maslin said.