All required regulatory approvals and permits have been received for Duke Energy’s combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County, FL. Fluor has started hiring workers and crews are clearing the land and building the site up 8 feet for flood protection. The plant’s first 820 MW is expected to come online in spring 2018, with the second 820 MW expected online by December 2018.
The plant will receive gas through a 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 pipeline.
In May 2015, Duke Energy announced a $225 million investment in the Sabal Trail pipeline and became a 7.5% owner of the pipeline. The investment complements Duke’s strategy to build critical natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Southeast. In September 2014, Duke Energy became a 40% owner of the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.