Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program is ‘a win for all Canadians’
Elected leaders reflect on pipeline project’s benefits during right-of-way tour in Alberta
It’s the biggest undertaking in Enbridge history. It’s one of the largest private infrastructure projects that Canada has ever seen.
And when it comes to benefits, the Line 3 Replacement Program is not selective.
“Make no mistake—this project is important for the whole country,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley last week, during a news conference and right-of-way tour near Hardisty, Alberta to acknowledge that shovels are officially in the ground on the L3RP.
“There is not a school, there is not a hospital, there is not a road, a bus or a public bike lane anywhere in this country that does not owe something to the strength of Alberta’s energy industry,” said Notley.
The L3RP, she added, “is a win. This is a win for working people. This is a win for Alberta. This is a win for a whole bunch of prairie communities. And it is a win for all Canadians. It’s going to make life better . . . projects like this benefit the whole country.”
Spanning across three provinces—a distance of about 1,660 kilometres from Hardisty to Gretna, Manitoba—the $5.3-billion Canadian portion of the L3RP will:
- Create an estimated 24,493 temporary full-time equivalent jobs;
- Generate more than $514 million in tax revenue; and
- Contribute more than $2.8 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The L3RP will also promote responsible energy development—with much-needed incremental capacity to support Canadian crude oil production growth, as well as U.S. and Canadian refinery demand.
“No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground, and just leave them there. We have the third-largest oil reserves in the world,” said Kent Hehr, Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre.
“The environment and the economy are two sides of the same coin,” he added. “This pipeline, and those that will follow, are testament to our commitment to ensuring that energy development is done in a sustainable, reliable and safe way.”
The L3RP will involve replacing the existing pipe with modern pipe materials, and benefit from industry-leading approaches to route selection, water crossings, valve placement, topsoil management, biosecurity, and right-of-way restoration, said Leo Golden, Enbridge’s Vice President of Major Projects.
“We are always struck by the dedication, hard work and pride taken by the people who build these projects,” offered Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“In the end, what matters is the people. What matters is the workers, and the jobs (created) on their behalf,” he said. “This project is about you.”
(TOP PHOTO: Federal Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr (second from left), federal Minister of Infrastructure and Community Amarjeet Sohi (third from left), Alberta Premier Rachel Notley (third from right) and Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd (right) were among the elected officials and dignitaries who toured the Line 3 Replacement Program right-of-way near Hardisty, Alberta on Aug. 10, 2017.)