Duke hiring construction workers for Florida natural gas plant

Construction is underway for Duke Energy’s new combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County, Florida and Duke’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor (EPC), Fluor, is expected to start hiring 600 to 700 temporary construction workers gradually in spring 2016 with peak employment expected in 2017.

Hosted by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, Fluor will participate in a job fair on May 24, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fluor anticipates hiring a variety of skilled labor, including equipment operators, iron workers, welders, pipe fitters, concrete pourers and electricians.

Built on 400 acres near the existing Crystal River Energy Complex, the new plant will supply 1,640 megawatts of cleaner-burning energy to help serve Florida’s approximately 1.7 million customers in 2018. The project is among the largest under construction in the industry and one of the most important projects for Duke Energy.

The new plant will replace generation from plant retirements, including two 1960s-era coal-fired units, use highly-efficient technology and benefit the local economy and tax base.