Jordan Cove LNG: 'Those are high-paying, family wage jobs'

COOS BAY, Ore. -- With a recent stamp of approval from the feds, Jordan Cove is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Officials with the project say it brings with it an economic boost to Coos County.

The company says it would be the largest private investment in Oregon's history.

An export facility and power plant on the North Spit would require a construction workforce of more than 2,000 people at its peak.

Michael Hinrichs, the Jordan Cove Director of Public Affairs, said they will be jobs that pay a good wage. "Those are high paying, family wage jobs for four years, and that excites a lot of people," he said.

Aside from construction and the 150 permanent jobs the LNG facility would bring, officials estimate there could be up to 700 new ripple effect jobs in the community supporting the project. "We're working with the labor halls to make sure that they have the number of workers locally, because that's a priority for us," said Hinrichs.

Project officials are also working with Southwestern Oregon Community College to help a future workforce. "To help train and educate students here locally to then work on the project, or just in the energy industry in general," Hinrichs said.

In the end, it's the cumulative federal and state permits that will decide the fate of Jordan Cove.

Poject officials say they are optimistic that the project will move forward.