Natural-gas plant not tied to pipeline completion

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By Pat Faherty

Construction of Duke Energy’s $1.5 billion power plant in Citrus County is not dependent on completion of the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline.

Duke filed a petition Tuesday with the Florida Public Service Commission for an affirmative determination of need for its Citrus County combined-cycle power plant.

As proposed, it will be a state-of-the-art, natural-gas-fired plant. The plant’s first 820 megawatts are expected to come online in May 2018, and the second 820 megawatts are expected to be available by December 2018.

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