Choose State Change Location
Proposed New Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Plant in Citrus County, Fla.

Proposed New Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Plant in Citrus County, Fla.

On May 5, 2015, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection approved Duke Energy’s site certification application for the proposed new combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County, Fla. Duke Energy submitted the site certification application on Aug. 1, 2014, under Florida’s Power Plant Siting Act.

This act provides a consolidated permitting process that incorporates local, state and regional permitting requirements and requires review and input from various agencies, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The project team is now working to obtain a Clean Water Act section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Duke Energy submitted this wetlands-protection permit on Aug. 1, 2014, and expects approval this summer.

Building highly efficient natural gas plants is part of Duke Energy’s balanced approach to meeting future demand for reliable, affordable electricity. A combined-cycle natural gas plant is the most cost-effective generation that can be constructed to meet the demand expected by 2018. Natural gas plants also offer economic and environmental advantages compared to other generation options.

If all necessary approvals and permits are received, the combined-cycle plant will supply 1,640 megawatts of generation to help serve Florida's approximately 1.7 million customers in 2018. The plant's first 820 megawatts are expected to come online in spring 2018, and the second 820 megawatts are expected to come online by December 2018.

The proposed combined-cycle plant will be located near the existing Crystal River Energy Complex (15760 W. Power Line St., Crystal River) on 400 acres. Duke Energy selected the Citrus County site after careful review of several factors, including the availability of water, fuel supply, access to transmission systems, impact on transmission grid reliability and other operational advantages. Crews will access the site using existing roadways.

The plant will receive natural gas through a new pipeline Sabal Trail Transmission is constructing. The $3-billion pipeline will start in Alabama, extend through Georgia and end in Central Florida. Sabal Trail Transmission will license, construct and operate the natural gas pipeline.

In May 2015, Duke Energy announced a $225 million investment in the Sabal Trail pipeline and became a 7.5-percent owner of the pipeline. As the third major pipeline capable of supplying natural gas to Florida, customers will receive stable, reliable and low-cost natural gas supply.

As part owner, Duke Energy will be able to closely monitor and contribute to the success of the pipeline. This investment also complements Duke Energy’s strategy to build critical natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Southeast. In September 2014, Duke Energy became a 40-percent owner of the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

Duke Energy has completed the following actions to advance the Citrus County combined-cycle natural gas plant project.

Jan. 23, 2013: Selected Burns & McDonnell as the project’s owner’s engineering firm.

Through a request for proposals process, Duke Energy selected Burns & McDonnell as the project’s owner’s engineering firm. An owner’s engineering firm provides the resources needed during the planning, design and construction of the project, including guidance on engineering solutions, technical insights on best construction practices and review of engineering prints and documents.

April 1, 2014: Submitted comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications.

Duke Energy submitted comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to Citrus County to request a land use and zoning change for the property where the proposed plant will be located.

May 15, 2014: Received approval to forward comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to local government.

The Citrus County Planning and Development Commission voted unanimously in favor of forwarding Duke Energy’s comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners.

May 27, 2014: Submitted determination of need petition.

Duke Energy submitted a determination of need petition to the Florida Public Service Commission that explains why the combined-cycle plant is needed.

June 10, 2014: Received approval to forward comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to state government.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of transmitting Duke Energy’s comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for state agency review and comment.

July 10, 2014: Hosted a community open house.

Duke Energy hosted a community open house for the proposed combined-cycle natural gas plant at the Plantation on Crystal River. More than 300 people attended.

July 23, 2014: Selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., as the manufacturer of the four G-series combustion turbine generators.

Through a request for proposals process, Duke Energy selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., as the manufacturer of the four G-series combustion turbine generators. Mitsubishi Hitachi will manufacture the combustion turbine generators in Savannah, Ga. They also have significant operations in Lake Mary, Fla. In addition, we selected Mitsubishi Hitachi as the manufacturer of our two steam turbine generators.

Aug. 1, 2014: Submitted federal permit applications and a site certification application.

Duke Energy submitted federal permit applications and a site certification application under Florida's Power Plant Siting Act. This act provides a consolidated permitting process that incorporates local, state and regional permitting requirements and requires review and input from various agencies, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Water Management District. Click site certification application to review the submittal and visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s applications Web page for more information.

Sept. 10, 2014: Selected Vogt Power International, Inc., to manufacture the four heat recovery steam generators.

Through a request for proposals process, Duke Energy selected Vogt Power International, Inc., to manufacture the four heat recovery steam generators.

Sept. 9, 2014: Received land use and zoning change for the property where the plant will be built.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners approved Duke Energy’s request for a land use and zoning change from extractive (EXT) to transportation, communications and utilities (TCU) for the property where the proposed plant will be located.

Oct. 2, 2014: Received approval of determination of need.

The Florida Public Service Commission approved Duke Energy’s determination of need petition to construct the combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County.

Oct. 15, 2014: Selected Fluor as the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

Following a 10 month competitive request for proposals process, Duke Energy selected Fluor as the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Fluor is responsible for meeting the specifications for the new combined-cycle natural gas plant, building it – including installing equipment we have purchased – and ensuring the plant performs as expected.

Dec. 16, 2014: Received the air construction permit.

Duke Energy received the air construction permit for the project from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

March 6, 2015: Selected Hyundai Power Transformers USA as the manufacturer of the six generator step up transformers.

Through a request for proposals process, Duke Energy selected Hyundai Power Transformers USA as the manufacturer of the six generator step up transformers needed for the plant.

May 5, 2015: Received the site certification for the project.

Duke Energy received approval of its site certification application from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you need to build a new combined-cycle natural gas plant?

As identified in Duke Energy’s 10-year site plan, the company needs approximately 2,200 megawatts of generation by 2018 as a result of retiring the Crystal River Nuclear Plant and Crystal River coal-fired units 1 and 2. Building highly efficient natural gas plants is part of the company’s plan to meet future demand for reliable, affordable electricity. Natural gas plants also offer economic and environmental advantages compared to other generation options.

Who will need to approve the natural gas project before construction will start?

The project requires approval from various local, state and federal governing bodies and regulatory agencies.

On May 5, 2015, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection approved Duke Energy’s site certification application for the proposed new combined-cycle natural gas plant. Duke Energy submitted the site certification application on Aug. 1, 2014, under Florida’s Power Plant Siting Act.

The project team is now working to obtain a Clean Water Act section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Duke Energy submitted this wetlands-protection permit on Aug. 1, 2014, and expects approval this summer.

The project has received other approvals from the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners and Florida Public Service Commission. In December 2014, the project also received an air construction permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Why did you select Citrus County for the new natural gas plant?

Duke Energy selected the Citrus County site after a careful review of several factors, including the availability of water, fuel supply, access to transmission systems, impact on transmission grid reliability and other operational advantages.

Where in Citrus County will the plant be located?

If all required approvals are received, the new combined-cycle plant will be located near the existing Crystal River Energy Complex (15760 W. Power Line St.) on 400 acres.

From where will the natural gas come?

The plant will receive natural gas through a new pipeline Sabal Trail Transmission is constructing. The $3-billion pipeline will start in Alabama, extend through Georgia and end in Central Florida. Sabal Trail Transmission will license, construct and operate the natural gas pipeline.

In May 2015, Duke Energy announced a $225 million investment in the Sabal Trail pipeline and became a 7.5-percent owner of the pipeline. As the third major pipeline capable of supplying natural gas to Florida, customers will receive stable, reliable and low-cost natural gas supply.

As part owner, Duke Energy will be able to closely monitor and contribute to the success of the pipeline. This investment also complements Duke Energy’s strategy to build critical natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Southeast. In September 2014, Duke Energy became a 40-percent owner of the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

When will the new combined-cycle natural gas plant be operational?

If all necessary approvals and permits are received, the plant’s first 820 megawatts are expected to come online in spring 2018, and the second 820 megawatts are expected to come online by December 2018.

What impact will the project have on the environment and water supplies in the area?

The new combined-cycle plant will comply with all local, state and federal environmental requirements and regulations. The plant will not require more ground water resources than what is already permitted at the Crystal River Energy Complex. Crews will also access the site using existing roadways.

How will this project benefit the local economy?

Construction and related activities are expected to add several million dollars to the local tax base and economy. During the height of construction, we anticipate 600 to 700 jobs to be created. Once construction is complete, approximately 40 to 75 workers will be needed to operate the plant.

I want to work on the project. When will job information be available, and how can I apply?

Duke Energy job openings are posted on this Web page. You may also access our job bank by clicking the Careers link under the Our Company tab at the bottom of this Web page. During the height of construction, we anticipate 600 to 700 temporary construction jobs to be created. More information about these jobs will be available in late 2015. Fluor, the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor, is expected to start hiring workers gradually in early 2016 when construction starts, if all required regulatory approvals and permits are received. Many activities require specialized skills and qualifications, and Duke Energy will help Fluor identify local labor resources when applicable and feasible. Once construction is complete, 40 to 75 Duke Energy employees will be needed to operate the plant.

I have a product or service that could benefit the project. How can I do business with Duke Energy?

Duke Energy has specific requirements for companies wanting to do business with us. The first step is registering as a supplier. Review the information under the Doing Business With Us tab at the bottom of this Web page for more details.

If you build the natural gas plant, what will happen to plans for the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County?

We continue to regard the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County as a viable option for future nuclear generation and understand the importance of fuel diversity in creating a sustainable energy future. Nuclear generation is a cost-effective, reliable and greenhouse gas emission free source of electricity.

We believe that nuclear energy is an important component of our generation portfolio. Therefore, we continue to pursue the construction and operating license with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. We anticipate receiving the license in late 2015. The license remains in effect for 40 years (with the possibility of a 20-year renewal) after construction is complete and the plant becomes operational.

We evaluate new nuclear generation in Florida based on, among other factors, energy needs, project costs, carbon regulation, natural gas prices, existing or future legislative provisions for cost recovery and requirements of the NRC license.

Duke Energy job openings are posted on this Web page. You may also access our job bank by clicking the Careers link under the Our Company tab at the bottom of this Web page.

Timeline for jobs

During the height of construction, we anticipate 600 to 700 temporary construction jobs to be created. More information about these jobs will be available in late 2015. Fluor, the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor, is expected to start hiring workers gradually in early 2016 when construction starts, if all required regulatory approvals and permits are received. Many activities require specialized skills and qualifications, and Duke Energy will help Fluor identify local labor resources when applicable and feasible. Once construction is complete, 40 to 75 Duke Energy employees will be needed to operate the plant.

Doing business with Duke Energy

Duke Energy has specific requirements for companies wanting to do business with us. The first step is registering as a supplier. Review the information under the Doing Business With Us tab at the bottom of this Web page for more details.

Keeping our customers and plant neighbors informed of our proposed new combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County, Fla., is important to us. To ask a question or share feedback, please complete this form or call our toll-free number 800.510.7435. A member of our project team will get back to you as soon as possible.