Duke Power Company
Cliffside, NC, U.S.

Duke Power Cliffside Generating Plant, Unit 5

​Fluor provided construction services to Duke Power (Duke Energy) to complete this 589-megawatt coal-fired supplemental unit to the existing four-unit Cliffside plant.

Unit # 5 incorporates a General Electric turbine generator and a Combustion Engineering boiler. The construction project required a fast-track delivery schedule.

Client's Challenge

​Since this was the company's first major direct-hire power plant construction project, Fluor relied extensively upon craft and managerial resources with experience in other heavy industrial work completed in the southeastern United States.

Fluor's Solution

Construction was performed on an open-shop basis and included piping, mechanical and electrical work for major components such as the boiler, turbine and auxiliary systems. Site work included earth-filled dams for ash storage, access roads and related unit structures as well as cooling towers, chimney and the circulating water system.

In addition, Fluor built an extensive coal handling system to accommodate Unit 5 and to retrofit the other existing generating units.

At construction peak, 950 personnel were employed on the project.


​Commercial operations for the 589 MW supplemental Unit #5 became operational in the summer of 1972, fo​llowing a 31-month fast-track construction schedule.​