TransCanada Corporation announced a Project Labor Agreement for a significant portion of U.S. construction of the proposed US$7 billion Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline Project (Keystone XL). The agreement will provide TransCanada with a capable, well-trained and ready workforce in the U.S. to construct Keystone XL. During construction, the project is expected to create over seven million hours of labor and over 13,000 new jobs for American workers.
The Project Labor Agreement is with the Laborers International Union of North America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Pipeline Contractors Association.
“The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will have a significant impact on the North American economy through the thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs it is creating,” says Russ Girling, TransCanada president and chief executive officer. “This project is entirely paid for
with private sector dollars and is shovel ready.”
“It’s our job to weld sections of Keystone Pipeline that will extend across several states and transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil daily for decades to come,” said William Hite, general president of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO. “It’s the vision and competence of TransCanada in the U.S. that provides our skilled local workforce with the means to perform the trade they have been taught while contributing to their communities.”
An independent study estimates that during the life of the project, the Keystone XL project is expected to stimulate:
- More than $20 billion in new spending for the U.S. economy;
- More than 118,000 person-years of employment;
- An increase of $6.5 billion in the personal income of Americans;
- Increased gross output (product) of $9.6 billion; and
- More than $585 million in state and local taxes in the states along the pipeline route.
“This project will also play an important role in linking a secure and growing supply of Canadian crude oil with the largest refining markets in the United States, significantly improving North American energy security,” added Girling.
The Keystone expansion project is a planned 1,959-mile (3,134-km), 36-inch crude oil pipeline stretching from Hardisty, Alberta and moving southeast through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It will link up with a portion of the Keystone Pipeline that will be built through Kansas to Cushing, OK and facilitate take away capacity from U.S. hubs located on the pipeline. The pipeline will then continue on through Oklahoma to a delivery point near existing terminals in Nederland, TX to serve the Port Arthur, TX marketplace.
Also proposed is an approximate 76-km (47-mile) pipeline to transport crude oil from Liberty County, TX to the Houston area.
The proposed project will also require new facilities at the Keystone Hardisty Terminal, including: three operational storage tanks, an initiating pump station and interconnections with existing pipeline systems in the Hardisty area. Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion includes construction of an additional eight pump stations in Canada and 30 pump stations in the United States.
TransCanada received approval in March 2010 from the National Energy Board in Canada for the proposed Keystone expansion project. When completed, the expansion project will increase the commercial capacity of the Keystone Pipeline System from 590,000 bpd to approximately 1.1 MMbpd. The US$12 billion system is 83% subscribed with long-term, binding contracts that include commitments of 910,000 bpd for an average term of approximately 18 years. Plans call for the entire project to be completed in 2013.
Project Labor Agreements were first used on the big public works projects of the 1930s including the Grand Coulee Dam, Hoover Dam, and Shasta Dam. Since then, scores of large projects, public and private, have been built across the nation using Project Labor Agreements.
The Laborers International Union of North America represents half a million workers in the heavy construction and building construction trade, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million professionals in the private and public sector, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO represents 300,000 members across North America in the plumbing and pipefitting industry, and the International Union of Operating Engineers represents 400,000 operating engineers, who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors in the construction industry, and stationary engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes, and in the service industries.
TransCanada is a leader in the development and operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada’s network of wholly owned natural gas pipelines extends more than 37,000 miles, tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 380 Bcf of storage capacity. For more information visit: http://www.transcanada.com/