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Canadian manufacturers applaud the Joint Review Panel’s recommendations on the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Published by Frank Defalco on December 19, 2013

OTTAWA (December 19, 2013) – Recommendations released today by the Joint Review Panel on the Northern Gateway Pipeline reaffirm the importance of Canada’s energy sector to both the national and provincial economies, and pave the way for the safe future development of the country’s natural resources, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
 
In its report, the panel – which consists of the Canadian National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency – establishes a science-driven blueprint for the project’s implementation. Once formally approved, the pipeline will create more than 3,000 construction jobs and 560 long-term jobs in British Columbia alone.
 
“There is a strong, proven link between capital projects in Alberta’s oil sands and the manufacturing industry right across Canada,” explains CME President & CEO, Jayson Myers. “The Northern Gateway Pipeline will not only benefit Albertans, or British Columbians, for that matter – it will benefit manufacturers, service providers, and everyday citizens from coast to coast.”
 
A CME study released this past November found that, in 2009, 20 per cent of all oil sands investment in capital, as well as maintenance repair and operations (MRO), streamed directly to Canadian manufacturers – totaling roughly $4.6 billion in sales. By the end of 2030, up to $1.8 billion more is expected to flow into oil sands exploration.
 
“This is an important step for the development of Canada’s energy resources and, with it, the development of Canadian manufacturing jobs,” says Guillermo Moreno, the managing director for Tenaris Canada – a leading manufacturer of steel products for the oil and gas sector who has a supply chain across Canada and plants in Ontario and Alberta. “From steel, steel pipes, forged and stamped metals, and machinery to chemicals, electrical components and other industrial goods, the Northern Gateway Pipeline will drive demand for Canadian-made products right through every link of the energy supply chain.”
 
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