Dominion Virginia Power has received air permit from the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board for a new natural gas-fired power station in northwestern Virginia.

The company said that it will seek regulatory approval in early 2011 to build the proposed 1,300MW power plant near Front Royal in Warren County.

The facility is expected to be completed and begin operation in late 2014 or early 2015, pending Virginia State Corporation Commission approval.

The power station, which will generate enough electricity to serve about 325,000 homes, is designed to be a combined-cycle facility, with three gas-fired combustion turbines and one steam turbine.

The project is part of the company’s strategy to meet the projected need for 5,600MW of new capacity by 2019 in the Dominion service area as identified by electricity grid operator PJM Interconnection.