Citrus Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Plant Project

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


Jan. 23, 2013
: Selected Burns and McDonnell as the project's engineering firm

April 1, 2014: Submitted comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to Citrus County government

May 15, 2014: Received approval to forward comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners

May 27, 2014: Submitted determination of need petition to the Florida Public Service Commission

June 10, 2014: Received approval to forward comprehensive plan and atlas amendment applications to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

July 10, 2014: Hosted a community open house

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

Aug. 1, 2014: Submitted federal permit applications and a site certification application under Florida's Power Plant Siting Act

Sept. 9, 2014: Received land use and zoning change approval from the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners for the property where the plant will be built

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

Oct. 2, 2014: Received approval of determination of need from the Florida Public Service Commission 

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

Dec. 16, 2014: Received the air construction permit 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

May 5, 2015: Received the site certification for the project from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

July 29, 2015: Received the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Sept. 9, 2015: Received Clean Water Act section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Oct. 29, 2015: Hosted a vendor event

March 2, 2016: Broke ground on the new 1,640 megawatt combined-cycle plant with about 200 people attending

May 24, 2016: Participated in a CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion job fair with more than 350 people attending

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The new combined-cycle plant will be located near the existing Crystal River Energy Complex (15760 W. Power Line St.) on 400 acres.
  • 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. With this 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 broke ground on the new 1,640 megawatt combined-cycle plant on March 2, 2016. The plant’s first 820 megawatts are expected to come online in mid-2018, and the second 820 megawatts are expected to come online by December 2018.
  • 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.
  • Construction and related activities are expected to add several million dollars to the local tax base and economy. Employment figures have exceeded original projections, and more than 1,500 workers are at the site, including Fluor craft workers, staff members and subcontractors as well as Duke Energy employees. Employee numbers can fluctuate depending on each day’s work scope. Once construction is complete, 50 to 75 workers will be needed to operate and maintain the plant.
  • 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. Fluor, the project's engineering, procurement and construction contractor, is continuing to hire workers with peak employment expected in 2017. Many activities require specialized skills and qualifications. To apply for available positions, go to www.fluorcraft.com, submit your profile and call the on-site craft recruiting line at 352.364.8888. Once construction is complete, 50 to 75 Duke Energy employees will be needed to operate and maintain the plant.
  • 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 Partner with Us tab at the bottom of this Web page for more details. To do business with Fluor, the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor, email: A5VI.procurement@fluor.com.

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

Employment figures have exceeded original projections, and more than 2,000 workers are at the construction site, including Fluor craft workers, staff members and subcontractors as well as Duke Energy employees. Fluor, the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor, is continuing to hire workers with peak employment expected in 2017. Many activities require specialized skills and qualifications. Once construction is complete, 50 to 75 Duke Energy employees will be needed to operate and maintain the plant. To apply for available positions, go to www.fluorcraft.com, submit your profile and call the on-site craft recruiting line at 352.364.8888.