Keystone XL – What local businesses need to do now for the project – Special Areas Board

Keystone XL – What local businesses need to do now for the project

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 Keystone-XL.com/Construction. 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.”
Jesse Bajnok, Director, Canada Execution, Keystone XL

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. TC Energy is a top-notch company to work with, and local economic development groups are working together to make sure local businesses throughout the region can connect to the project on TC Energy’s Supplier Registration Portal. One of the biggest things businesses should be doing now (after they register on the portal) is to make sure they have a COVID-19 mitigation plan completed. Local economic development groups like Cactus Corridor, SAMDA, and the Business Hub are there to help businesses get connected, get prepared, and be ready to go for this exciting project.”
Wanda Diakow, Economic Development Officer (Special Areas)

For more information on how you can register for the Keystone XL project visit www.keystone-xl.com, and local businesses can register for the Keystone XL project at https://tc.aravo.com/aems/supplierselfservice.do. Learn more about economic development at www.specialareas.ab.ca/business or contact Wanda Diakow at (403) 575-9533 or via email at wanda.diakow@specialareas.ab.ca.