Keystone XL And You: What Local Businesses Need To Do Now To Be Ready For The Project

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Regional economic development groups have been working hard to make sure local businesses are in a good position for the approaching Keystone XL pipeline project.

The project, an 830,000-barrel-per-day pipeline, will carry oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast home to a large concentration of heavy oil refineries.

With major project work expected in the Special Areas region this summer, TC Energy Corp. is working closely with local municipalities, economic development groups, and businesses.

“We remain committed to providing contracting opportunities to qualified Indigenous businesses, local contractors and suppliers along the pipeline route. 

“There will be opportunities for businesses throughout construction and we encourage those interested to visit,” said Jesse Bajnok, Director, Canada Execution, Keystone XL.

“We look forward to starting construction in Canada this summer and continuing our relationship with the Specials Areas community. 

“In addition to creating thousands of jobs, the Keystone XL pipeline project will generate substantial economic activity during both construction and operations, contribute property taxes to a number of municipalities and also serve to increase market access for Canadian crude oil producers.”

The Special Areas region will host significant project activity this summer; local municipalities and economic development groups have been busy working with TC Energy to ensure everyone can hit the ground running, despite challenges from COVID-19.

Local economic development groups have been working closely together to make sure local businesses have the resources and tools they need now to get ready for working with this project.

“We are very excited for our region to get to work with TC Energy again. 

“Keystone XL will be a huge boost to not only our economy but also to the spirits of many small businesses and industries here in the Special Areas,” said Wanda Diakow, Economic Development Officer of Special Areas.



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