The Keystone Pipeline Will Not Use American Steel

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL project will reportedly be exempt from U.S. President Donald Trump’s requirement that pipelines in the U.S. be built with American steel – even though the company had already purchased 50 per cent of the steel from an Arkansas mill.

News website Politico reported Friday that TransCanada will not be subject to Trump’s recent executive order requiring pipeline operators to build projects like Keystone XL with American steel “to the maximum extent possible.”

TransCanada spokesperson Matthew John would not confirm whether Keystone XL had been exempt from the executive order but said, “We continue to be encouraged as our Presidential Permit application makes its way through the approval process.”

The Washington-based political news site cited an unnamed White House spokeswoman who said that Keystone XL “is currently in the process of being constructed, so it does not count as a new, retrofitted or expanded pipeline” and would therefore not be subject to the recent executive order.

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  • KillerMarmot

    I know a lot of Canadian conservatives are happy Trump is president.

    But … Trump’s motto is “Make America Great Again”, not “Make Canada Great Again”. Canada could easily get side-swiped by Trump’s America-First trade policies.

    • And what will PM Hair-Boy do about it?

      • Exile1981

        Actually there is an excellent reason not to use european or chinese steel.

        Both of those sources have been sending us crap steel since 2014. Maganese is costly and good steel has a Mn to C ratio of at least 6 to 1.
        Our steel specs require a minimum yield strenght and a max hardness. Some less reputable steel makers cut the Mn ratio to 3 or even 2.5 to 1.

        They then add in Mb or V in tiny trace amounts to push the yield strenght back up. The down side is that doing that kills the low temp tolerance of the steel and makes it prone to brittle fracture.

        • I wouldn’t use Chinese steel in anything. It is always an inferior quality.

          • Exile1981

            Yes but a lot of their problem is poor quality control. The crap steel out of europe is deliberate dumping of inferior steel.
            The problem with the trace elements is a huge issue right now. We are seeing 30% of the steel from europe is susceptable to brittle fracture. In an equatorial country its not much of a concern in Canada where we spend a lot of the year below -5c….. well its a catostrophic failure waiting to happen.

          • The Chinese have always had these issues and do not seek to change them.

            To them, it is more the appearance of wealth or power than quality.

    • Alain

      He is the American president and only responsible for his country. Nothing stops us from a “Make Canada Great” leader and government, except the lack of candidates.

      • KillerMarmot

        If that was meant as a rebuttal, it failed miserably. It takes nothing away from my point.

  • Martin B

    No matter where the steel comes from, this pipeline will be a slap in the face to Obama and the econazis.

  • ntt1

    i thought much of the pipeline material was aquired years ago, it must have saved millions if they did, the steel market is incredably volitile with rebar prices going up then declining

    • andycanuck

      I assume that’s the “50% already bought from the Arkansas mill” part of the story. And somehow I doubt they’re throwing all that out and starting fresh. And Mannie, below, mentions it too.

    • Exile1981

      They have a pipe yard near Hanna AB that XL has had nearly 100km of pipe stocked in for years now.

  • Mannie

    The DAPL pipe has already been bought and is stacked in the supply yards.

    • ntt1

      Don’t confuse DAPL with the XL pipeline although any prudent contractor would have prepurchased pipe or have a set price on back order to contol costs over time

  • Clausewitz