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American Jobs

Employment opportunities

Keystone XL utilizes qualified and competitive companies and individuals to plan, build and operate our pipelines. We believe in supporting communities near our pipeline projects and provide opportunities through employment and contracting for local and Indigenous people and businesses.

Throughout the life cycle of Keystone XL we will reach out to businesses to understand capacity and interest in work related to the project. We will use this information to maintain a list of businesses that our prime contractors can access to conduct work on Keystone XL.

Pipeline construction requires thousands of part-time and temporary workers during the preconstruction and construction phases, and a smaller number of permanent employees are required once the pipeline is operational.

Most employment opportunities will be provided through selected prime contractors (or sub-contractors), noted below, who are highly qualified, with experience in large pipeline construction.

Business opportunities

There is a wide range of businesses and services that will be needed to support the construction of Keystone XL. Examples of such businesses are:

  • Contractors
  • Food & convenience — grocery stores, restaurants, catering
  • Gas stations
  • Lodging
  • Cleaning services
  • Construction supply stores
  • Lumber yards
  • Auto parts stores

Indigenous Relations Business Engagement

Our Indigenous Relations Business Engagement (IRBE) program is designed to fulfill our commitments under the Indigenous Relations Policy and Indigenous Relations Strategy. TC Energy works with Indigenous groups to identify capable and interested businesses and share information regarding potential project-related contracting opportunities.

Indigenous business owners are encouraged to register with us via email at ir_contracting@tcenergy.com.

If you're a local business owner interested in providing services, please visit the Contractors, Suppliers and Vendors page and complete the vendor registration form.

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Are you qualified?

We seek to establish relationships with contractors, suppliers and vendors who share our commitment to safe and reliable operations. If you are invited to engage in work with Keystone XL, you will be asked to submit information about your company, including:

  • Safety performance and program
  • Quality program
  • Technical expertise
  • Business conduct

This information is then used by our procurement and technical teams to ensure that contractors, suppliers and vendors have the capability to support our objectives.

TC Energy awards more than $1.6 billion in American contracts to build Keystone XL

TC Energy awarded more than US$1.6 billion worth of contracts to six major American union contractors to execute pipeline construction across 800 miles (1,287 km) in three states in the U.S. on the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2021.

The six contractors will be directly responsible for hiring more than 7,000 union workers in 2021, with special emphasis placed on hiring locally first and giving priority to qualified local and Indigenous-owned businesses. When combined with additional 2021 contracts to be announced later, the total number of American union workers constructing Keystone XL in 2021 will exceed 8,000 and $900 million in gross wages. In total, Keystone XL is expected to employ more than 11,000 Americans in 2021, creating more than $1.6 billion in gross wages.

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Barnard Pipeline is very excited and honored to receive the official award on Keystone XL. As a Montana contractor, we are proud to build this important project in our great state and to help ensure energy independence for our nation. We believe our reputation for integrity, safety and quality will meet the expectations of the property owners, communities and TC Energy," said Marty Jorgensen, President, Barnard Pipeline.” 

Marty Jorgensen, President, Barnard Pipeline

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The awarding of 2021 U.S. construction contracts shows the continued momentum behind Keystone XL. The dedicated members of the Operating Engineers are eager and ready to build this critical piece of modern North American energy infrastructure to the highest quality standards. The 8,000 American union jobs that come with 2021 construction is welcome news and irreplaceable as the U.S. continues our economic recovery.” 

James T. Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

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U.S. project labor agreement

Keystone XL has a project labor agreement (PLA) with four leading U.S. labor unions that will inject hundreds of millions of dollars in middle-class wages into the American economy, while ensuring this pipeline will be built by the highest-skilled and highest-trained workforce.

TC Energy is also working with labor to establish a unique Green Jobs Training Program by contributing approximately $10 million to help union members acquire the specific skills needed to work in the developing renewable energy sector.

“We are proud to partner with these union trades and craft workers to ensure this pipeline will be built by qualified professionals with specialized skills to the highest safety and quality standards,” said Richard Prior, President of Keystone XL. “We are especially proud of the new Green Jobs Training Program, which is an investment in thousands of current and future union workers.”

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Construction opportunities

Montana

The Montana portion of the Keystone XL route requires construction of approximately 285 miles (459 km) of pipeline, starting in Phillips County on the U.S./Canadian border and extending into the southeast corner of Fallon County. 

We will also construct six new pump stations, located in Phillip, Valley, McCone (two), Prairie and Fallon counties.

Pump station facilities construction

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Michels and MN Limited

TC Energy has entered into an agreement for 2020 with a prime contractor, 2MFC, a joint venture between Michels and Minnesota Limited, which will oversee day-to-day management of work in 2020 on pump station facilities. Construction and job opportunities for these facilities will vary as they will not be built at the same time.

Constuction opportunities

2MFC and the Keystone XL team are committed and working to identify and hire a local qualified workforce, whenever possible, to support in the building of the project. To identify and fulfill these workforce needs, 2MFC and Keystone XL will coordinate with local organizations to hire a workforce, including:

  • Local 400 Operators Union — for heavy equipment operators
    • Phone: 406-442-9596 (ask for John, Steve or Betty)
  • Local 1686 Laborers Union — for skilled laborers

South Dakota

The South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL route requires construction of approximately 316 miles (508 km) of pipeline, starting at the Montana/South Dakota border in northwest Harding County and extending to the Nebraska/South Dakota border in Tripp County.

We will also construct seven pump stations in South Dakota: Harding (two), Meade Haakon, Jones and Tripp (two) counties.

Pump station facilities construction

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Michels and MN Limited

TC Energy has entered into an agreement for 2020 with a prime contractor, 2MFC, a joint venture between Michels and Minnesota Limited, which will oversee day-to-day management of work in 2020 on these facilities. Construction and job opportunities for these facilities will vary as they will not be built at the same time.

Construction opportunities

2MFC and the Keystone XL team are committed and working to identify and hire a local qualified workforce, whenever possible, to support in the building of the project. To identify and fulfill these workforce needs, 2MFC and Keystone XL will coordinate with local organizations to hire a workforce, including:

  • Local 49 Operators Union — for heavy equipment operators
  • Local 620 Laborers Union — for skilled laborers
    • Phone: 605-330-0205

Nebraska

The Nebraska portion of the Keystone XL route consists of approximately 280 miles (451 km) of pipeline, starting at the Nebraska/South Dakota border in Keya Paha County and extending to Steele City in Jefferson County.

We will also construct six pump stations, located in Holt, Antelope, Colfax, Butler, Seward and Jefferson counties.

Construction

We look forward to employing Nebraskans on this project. We are in the process of construction planning and securing contracts for construction in Nebraska and will provide information on construction opportunities here as soon as information is available.

Work with us on the Keystone XL project

We are committed to working with the community to facilitate conversations between our Prime and local businesses. We will continue to share details with the communities along the route about the different opportunities to participate.

Register now! Add your company information to our database so that we can learn more about your products and services.

Visit our Contractors, Suppliers and Vendors page to register your business, read our FAQs and familiarize yourself with our rules and guidelines before working with us.

Explore your career at TC Energy

If you are interested in a job at TC Energy, we encourage you to visit Jobs.TCEnergy.com to learn more about current career opportunities.