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Duke Energy celebrates construction of new natural gas plant

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Duke Energy is to host a ceremony for the new 1640 MW combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County. The new plant will help serve Florida's 1.7 million customers starting in 2018.

"Building highly efficient natural gas plants is part of Duke Energy's balanced approach to meeting future demand for reliable and increasingly clean electricity," said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy Florida's state president. "Since 2008, we have reduced our air emissions by nearly 80% and our carbon footprint by 15%. This state-of-the-art, highly-efficient plant will help us further reduce carbon emissions."

The combined-cycle natural gas plant will replace generation from plant retirements, including two coal-fired plants. The plant will also adhere to environmental regulations by using clean-burning, highly-efficient technology and benefit the local economy and tax base.

"The construction work is projected to have an area economic benefit of more than US$600 million," said Glenn.

"We will use local suppliers when possible," added Glenn. "Duke Energy has been a vital part of the Citrus County community for 50 years. The backfill material for the foundation, dump trucks hauling the material and fencing are all from local suppliers. A local concrete supplier will also provide 286 700 yd3 of concrete for the project. That's about 57 football fields filled waist-deep in concrete."

In September 2015, the project received all regulatory approvals and permits to move forward, including site certification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The project's engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Fluor, started clearing the land in late 2015.

The plant's first 820 MW are planned to come online in spring 2018. The second 820 MW are expected to come online by December 2018. The Citrus plant will be the second largest generator for Duke Energy Florida.

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