Duke Energy has opened the Citrus combined cycle station in Citrus County, Florida. Situated at the Crystal River Energy Complex and with a capacity of 1,640MW, the station enables Duke Energy to offer significant economic and environmental benefits to communities.
Duke Energy president and CEO Lynn Good said: “Our $1.5bn investment in the new Citrus Combined Cycle Station is another example of the cleaner, smarter energy future we’re creating for our customers.
“This highly efficient, state-of-the-art natural gas station is delivering significant economic and environmental benefits to Florida customers and communities.”
The company anticipates that the new Citrus station will help to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other emissions by 90% compared to two Crystal River coal-fired units which retired in December 2018.
The Citrus station is equipped with two power blocks, four combustion turbine generators and two steam turbine generators.
During the peak construction phase the project created nearly 3,000 temporary construction jobs and provided work to over 100 companies across the globe as well as in the US and Florida. Around 50 employees have been employed at the site on a full-time basis for operating and maintaining the station.
Duke Energy said that megawatts from the new station combined with the two operating coal-fired units make the Crystal River Energy Complex one of the largest generators in Florida, capable of generating over 3,000MW of energy.
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners chairman Jeff Kinnard said: “Economic development in every community needs a solid cornerstone.
“In Citrus County, that foundation is Duke Energy. We are pleased to participate in the celebration of this new state-of-the-art facility and congratulate Duke Energy on its success.”