Evraz North America, the company that operates Evraz Steel in Regina, is responding to the pipeline dispute between Alberta and British Columbia.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notely recently announced her province will be banning imports of wine from B.C.
This trade sanction is in retaliation to the B.C. government’s announcement of limiting the increase of diluted bitumen, which will effectively block the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Now Evraz is weighing in on the issue because thousands of jobs in Canada rely on the expansion of the pipeline.
“(Evraz) was awarded a contract to produce approximately 275 thousand tons of pipe for this pipeline at our Regina, Sask. operations. The pipe is produced here in Canada by Canadians and uses Canadian raw materials,” said Conrad Winkler, president and CEO of Evraz North America, in a news release.
Evraz Steel began manufacturing pipe for the project in October 2017 after being awarded the contract by Trans Mountain. Manufacturing is to continue through May 2019.
“This project is real and we are building it with Canadian workers, materials and technology,” Winkler said in the release.
“Evraz North America operations in Canada employ over 2,000 people directly and generate between six and 10 times as many indirect jobs throughout the supply chain mainly across Western Canada. We are looking forward to a resolution to this impasse and to continuing production of the most technologically advanced, clean and safe steels for pipelines and oil country tubular goods right here in North America.”