The USACE Pipeline dredging equipment has begun operating at the Lake Okeechobee site in Florida, where a project has been delayed because of concerns over oil spills.
The Lake Okes Marine Energy Facility is being built to extract natural gas from the North Sea.
The pipeline is being dredged from the north shore of Lake Ock, located in the Florida Keys, to a new shallow-water port.
The company is expected to finish its work by the end of 2018.
USACE said in a statement that the dredging was completed on time and safely.
“We thank our contractors for their dedication and diligence during this challenging process,” USACE CEO Michael Kugler said in the statement.
“We have worked closely with the USACE and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who have provided a comprehensive review and have assured us that our work is safe and safe.”
The project is estimated to cost about $10 billion, including about $5 billion for the dredge equipment.USACE’s dredging contractor, Baker Hughes, is one of the most advanced drilling rigs in the world.
The company’s CEO, Dan Goss, has said it has the ability to drill up to 9,000 feet down a well.USAC has received $2.8 billion in federal money to carry out the project.