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Jul 9 2020

Celebrating the start of construction in Alberta

Posted by Keystone XL

Poised to put thousands of people to work

On July 3, a group of stakeholders joined Keystone XL President Richard Prior and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Oyen, Alberta, to officially kick off construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline project in Alberta. 

“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,” said Richard Prior, president, Keystone XL.

The project will see approximately 2,000 construction workers hired in Alberta over the next three 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 - Keystone XL President Richard Prior and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Oyen, Alberta

Quick facts

  • 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
  • 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