It’s a time-honored phrase that not only describes the relationship between Enbridge and EVRAZ North America – but also captures our shared commitment to pipeline safety.
This morning, in Saskatchewan’s capital, steel manufacturing giant EVRAZ North America announced that it’s investing $200 million over the next two years in its Regina operations.
Today’s investment announcement, the biggest in EVRAZ North America history, will pave the way for:
the installation of a two-step, large-diameter pipe mill, enabling the production of thicker-walled pipe;
state-of-the-art steelmaking and rolling mill upgrades;
and the ability to manufacture 100-per-cent, made-in-Canada pipe through industry-leading technology.
Al Monaco, our president and CEO, and Byron Neiles, our senior vice president of Major Projects and Safety and Operational Reliability, attended today’s announcement, which also drew Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall and Regina mayor Michael Fougere.
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Enbridge has purchased more than two million tons of carbon-steel pipe from EVRAZ since 2006 – that’s more than 6,000 kilometres’ worth – and nearly all of the large-diameter pipe we’ll be using for our company’s large slate of energy infrastructure growth projects in the near future, including the proposed Line 3 Replacement Program, will come from EVRAZ.
“We’re delighted to be part of today’s announcement, and to be part of a Saskatchewan success story,” Mr. Monaco told media and dignitaries during today’s event announcement. “EVRAZ is a proven partner, and we’ve built a long-term relationship on our shared commitment to making safety and quality the highest priorities.”
From an economic impact standpoint, EVRAZ:
employs more than 1,000 people in Regina; contributes about $30-million a year in payroll, property, and corporate income tax at the provincial and federal levels; and creates massive indirect value – about $600 million a year – from regional economic spinoffs, including purchase of goods and services, raw materials, and contractor services.
Enbridge is an integral part of that economic picture – we purchased 86 per cent of the line pipe made by EVRAZ in Regina in 2014.
We’re even more proud of our partnership with EVRAZ for our shared commitment to pipeline safety and operational reliability. For example:
Enbridge’s specifications exceed industry demands – we look for higher-quality pipe that undergoes more rigorous and more frequent testing – and our inspectors have unlimited access to EVRAZ facilities through the manufacturing process;
An estimated 96 per cent of EVRAZ steel is made of recycled content, and fortified with raw iron ore and alloys such as manganese and chrome.
Safety was also on today’s agenda, as EVRAZ and Enbridge announced that the two companies will partner on a joint research and development program to enhance pipeline performance.
Along with industry and academic institutions, EVRAZ and Enbridge will help to drive continuous improvements – with the ultimate aim of optimizing industry-wide safety and reliability.
Recognizing our long positive history with Enbridge, the 900 members of the local United Steelworkers who work at EVRAZ in Regina would like to express our thanks to Enbridge for continuing to be a valued customer and supporting jobs in our community. Our members take extreme pride in providing quality steel and tubular products required by your company and we look forward to the opportunity to continue supplying you through R&D and production of specified infrastructure that Embridge requires in important energy projects for our country.
United Steelworkers LU 5890