Using clean-burning, highly-efficient technology, the plant will replace generation from retirements in Duke Energy’s fleet, including two 1960s-era coal plants.
Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Fluor began clearing the land in late 2015 after the project received all regulatory approval and permits in September. Duke Energy says local suppliers are being used whenever possible, and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems is manufacturing the combustion turbine generators at its facilities in Japan and Savannah, Georgia.
The plant’s first 820 MW are expected online in spring 2018 while the second 820 MW are expected to reach commercial operation by December 2018.
The Citrus County plant will be Duke Energy Florida’s second largest generator behind the 1,912-MW Hines Energy Complex near Bartow.