Keystone XL pipeline project begins putting shovels in the ground

Keystone XL Pipeline project overall map further connecting Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. ECA Review/Province of Alberta

 

 

Almost 12 years after TC Energy first proposed the project, thousands of local workers, including engineers, welders, heavy equipment operators, labourers, teamsters, safety inspectors, Indigenous monitors and other skilled tradespeople, are lacing up their work boots near Oyen to begin construction on the Alberta spread of the 1,947-kilometre Keystone XL pipeline.

Keystone XL will deliver up to 830,000 barrels per day of western Canadian crude oil from Hardisty, Alta. to Steele City, Nebraska where it will connect with existing facilities to reach U.S. Gulf Coast refiners to meet critical needs for transportation fuel and other life-enhancing products.

Alberta’s $1.5 billion equity stake in Keystone XL will enhance and protect the value of natural resources, to the benefit of all Albertans.

Approximately 269 kilometres of pipeline will be constructed and commissioned in Alberta over the next three years.

Keystone XL is expected to be complete and operational in 2023.

“After many years of stringent environmental review, collaboration with landowners, local officials and Indigenous groups and a dogged determination to never say die, this project – essential to our economic recovery – is well underway,” said Jason Kenney, Premier.

Premier Jason Kenney announced in Oyen, Alta. on Friday, July 3, 2020 that after more than a decade of planning and perseverance, shovels are in the ground on the Alberta segment of the Keystone XL pipeline. ECA Review/Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta

“Not only will Keystone XL create jobs when they are needed most, it will strengthen continental energy security and independence by ensuring that Canadian oil – developed under the world’s highest environmental, human rights, and labour standards – continues to be a dominant force in global supply.”

The project will see about 2,000 construction workers hired in Alberta over the next two years, spurring thousands of additional jobs and increased economic activity in associated trades, retail, and hospitality services along the construction route.

Overall, the project will contribute about $2.4 billion to Canada’s GDP and will generate more than $7 million in property taxes in the first year in service. It’s estimated the project will generate $30 billion in tax and royalty revenues for current and future generations of Albertans.

“Keystone XL is an important energy infrastructure project that is poised to put thousands of people to work, generate substantial economic benefits and strengthen North American energy security,” Richard Prior, president, Keystone XL.

“We greatly appreciate Premier Kenney’s partnership in this important investment and we look forward to working with his government as we continue to invest in and strengthen Alberta’s economy. We also strongly value the ongoing collaboration and support from First Nations, building trades unions, landowners, and our contractors and suppliers over the last dozen years.”

“Keystone XL not only benefits the province’s economic well being, it also benefits our municipality. By working together with the Province of Alberta, TC Energy, Michels and local officials, we will ensure the continued prosperity of our rural communities,” added Roger Didychuk, senior vice-president, SITE Resource Group.

Investing in Keystone XL is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

This spending includes $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending, $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal, $150 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects, $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects, $500 million in municipal infrastructure and $1.5 billion for Keystone XL.

Safety is the project’s highest priority, and with the current and evolving COVID-19 conditions, construction crews will continue to take guidance from health authorities to determine the most proactive and responsible actions in order to ensure the workforce and the surrounding communities are safe during Keystone XL’s construction activities.

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