The state of Utah announced Tuesday that the $6.4 billion Big Sky Dam, which is expected to produce 2.2 million cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2020, will be completed in 2019.
The project is the largest natural gas project in the U.S. and is expected bring jobs to the state.
“The completion of the Big Sky will create thousands of good-paying jobs in Utah,” Gov.
Gary Herbert said in a statement.
“It is critical that we make this investment in Utah and support the local economy and environment, which will support our state’s future.
The Big Sky is an important project that will provide the backbone for the state’s economic growth and create tens of thousands of jobs.”
Herbert said the project is a step in the right direction for the entire state and is a major step toward the goal of the Utah Clean Energy Investment Fund, which was established in 2013 to invest in clean energy and reduce carbon pollution.
The fund will cover construction costs.
Jon Huntsman said in January that the project would create about 2,000 jobs, but that the state is committed to investing $6 billion into the project.
The announcement Tuesday comes just weeks after the Utah Department of Transportation announced that it will invest $3.5 billion in the project over the next 10 years.
The state announced in June that it was working on $1.4 trillion in renewable energy by 2035, including the construction of a massive new electric transmission line that will connect the state to the Gulf of Mexico.