1,000 Workers to be Hired for Keystone XL


Pipeline running along the land.

Michels Canada has been selected to build the Alberta portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The company, based in Nisku, Alberta, expects to start construction near Oyen this summer, and finish near Hardisty in the spring of 2022. The Alberta portion of the TC Energy pipeline is approximately 160 miles. 

The company, an energy and infrastructure contractor with locations across Canada, announced plans to hire 1,000 workers each year over the two-year construction period, with an emphasis on hiring locally. They also wanted to give priority to qualified local and Indigenous businesses. 

Overall, Keystone XL will support 17,000 Canadian workers, contribute $2.4 billion to Canada’s GDP, and will generate an estimated $30 billion in revenues. Construction recently began on the long-delayed project, which would carry oilsands crude into a system connected to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The UCP government has invested $1.5 billion in the project.

"Michels Canada is pleased to be selected to build the Keystone XL pipeline project, which will bring with it thousands of good-paying jobs and economic benefits to local communities along the pipeline route," Michels Canada president Dean Cowling said in a release. "We look forward to initiating construction this summer."

Source: CBC News