State regulators have granted a site certificate for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Moundsville.
According to the West Virginia Public Service Commission, the 549-megawatt plant would cost about $615 million and is expected to be operational by August 2018.
The PSC issued an air quality permit to Moundsville Power LLC for the plant in December and granted the site certificate on Friday.
The plant will be located on a 37 1/2-acre site along the Ohio River where a chemical manufacturer was once located.
Officials expect the plant to create 400 construction jobs and 30 full-time jobs.