What will Energy East mean for Quebec?
It also means hiring skilled people locally to make this 4,600-kilometre project a reality. In Quebec, more than 3,000 men and women are expected to work, directly or indirectly, on developing and building the pipeline.
New manufacturing facility in greater Montreal
Today, we announced a major agreement with engineering firm ABB to deliver 22 electrical houses. These ‘e-houses’ will be manufactured at a new production facility in the greater Montreal region, creating up to 120 direct positions and a further 90 spin-off jobs across Quebec.
This means work for over 200 Quebecers who will produce these units that contain the electrical equipment required to power the pump stations needed to transport crude oil through the pipeline in a safe and environmentally sensitive way.
“This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to hire local suppliers to safely build this piece of national energy infrastructure and support job creation in Québec,” said John Soini, president, Energy East Pipeline Project at a news event held in Montreal to unveil the agreement.
We are already active in Quebec where we’ve spent $100 million in contracts with more than 250 suppliers over the last three years alone.
Eric Tétrault, President of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, said that the contracts offered to Quebec manufacturers formed an important part of the economic benefits of the project.
“The Energy East project brings important economic benefits to Quebec. We support it because the Quebec economy and the Canadian economy need it,” Tétrault said at the same event.
Jobs adding up
This new announcement complements the work of other local suppliers who will also support building the pipeline:
- Ezeflow, a family-owned pipe fitting manufacturer in Granby, where the Energy East project is set to support 50 well paid jobs.
- Canadoil Forge, another pipe fitting supplier from Bécancour, which plans to hire 30 to 40 new staff – such as welders, machinists and metallurgy experts – as a result of new business from Energy East.
But this is just the beginning. Over 180 local suppliers have already expressed interest in working on the pipeline.
People have concerns about Energy East and how it can benefit Quebec. Today’s announcement is another step to demonstrate that the project will have significant and lasting benefits. We’ll continue to listen to Quebecers and work with them to ensure Energy East is safe and that its positive impacts are felt across the province.
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