Dominion Virginia Power officially broke ground on May 31, 2012, for the Warren County Power Station. (> View the news release.)
As of Sept 1, 2013, construction is 50 percent complete and on track to be online by the 4th quarter of 2014. More than 94 percent of engineering and 99 percent of procurement has been completed. In addition, the tie in with the switchyard and 500KV grid has been completed, along with the construction of a 2.5 mile natural gas line and a 9.3 million gallon thermal energy tank. (> View the news release.)
Dominion received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission on Feb. 2, 2012, to build the station (> SCC news release).
It is being constructed on a 39-acre site in the Warren Industrial Park, approximately three miles north of Front Royal. The close proximity to Northern Virginia will enable it to serve a growing, high-demand region in the company's service area. View our video (on right) for an update.
The station will be powered solely by natural gas and will be among the cleanest fossil-fuel fired facilities in the nation. The station will have three combustion turbines and a steam turbine. It will generate 1,329 megawatts of electricity, or enough energy to power approximately 325,000 homes. Commercial operation is scheduled for late 2014 or early 2015.
The power station is helping Dominion close a gap of 5,600 megawatts of generation needed in its service area by 2019 as identified by PJM Interconnection LLC, the regional independent system operator of the 13-state transmission system.
The station also received approval from Warren County, an air permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and a water agreement from Front Royal. As part of its air permit, Dominion agreed to mitigate potential impact on Shenandoah National Park by agreeing to close North Branch Power Station, a coal-fired power station in West Virginia.
An artist's rendering of the station is provided below.