ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Industrial Siting Council approved Rocky Mountain Power’s request for a permit for its Gateway West Transmission Line Project on Wednesday.

The permit allows Rocky Mountain Power to construct 191.4 miles of 500-kilovolt, 230-kV and 345-kV alternating current electric transmission lines and associated substation facilities as part of the company’s Energy Vision 2020 plan.

Construction is anticipated to begin around April and be completed around October 2020. The project is scheduled to create about 325 jobs with a peak of 511 workers in October 2019, according to the Wyoming DEQ.

The 500-kV and 230 kV portions of the project will run start in Carbon County about 20 miles northeast of Hanna then travel along the Interstate 80 corridor from Sinclair to Point of Rocks before terminating at the Jim Bridger Substation. The 230-kV portion starts 10 miles northwest of Medicine Bow and terminates southeast of Hanna, the press release states.

The project will cross 101.8 miles of private land, 74.3 miles of property managed by the Bureau of Land Management, 14.7 miles of state land, and seven-tenths of a mile of water body crossings.

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