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US steel not required for Keystone XL

US steel not required for Keystone XL

9 March 2017 Featured, North America, Oil 0

The construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will not be required to use American steel for its construction, despite President Trump signing an Executive Order in January which seemingly stated otherwise.

One of the Mr Trump’s first acts as President was to sign a series of Executive Orders which related to pipelines, including one which stipulated that American pipelines would be built using locally produced steel.

Speaking at the time, President Trump said “From now on we’re going to start making pipeline in the US. We build it in the US, we build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe.

“It’s going to put a lot of workers – a lot of steel workers – back to work,” he said.

However, speaking to media earlier this month, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the Keystone XL would not be required to be constructed using US steel because it was not a new pipeline.

“Well, the way that the executive order is written is actually – and I’ll get you the exact language, but you can probably all have it in your inboxes if you want to look back,” Ms Sanders said.

“But it’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired.  And since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it would be hard to go back.  But I know that everything moving forward would be – fall under that executive order.”

The CA$10.85 billion (US$8 billion) pipeline will link existing pipeline networks in Canada and the US to transport crude oil from Alberta and North Dakota to refineries in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico.

The 1,897-km, 36-inch diameter pipeline will run from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska.

For more information visit the Keystone XL website.

If you have a project you would like covered in Pipelines International contact Assistant Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

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