MPS Constructors consists of three pipeline construction companies: Michels Corporation, Price Gregory Services, and Sheehan Pipeline Construction Company.

MPS Constructors will build approximately 1,897 km of the proposed 2,673 km, 36 inch diameter pipeline and related infrastructure from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, as part of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The project remains subject to TransCanada obtaining all required approvals and completing the contract with MPS. The scope of services to be provided by each joint venture member is still being defined and the finalisation of the terms of the joint venture and associated contracts are in process.

Quanta Services President and Chief Executive Officer Jim O’Neil said “The Keystone XL Pipeline is the largest individual infrastructure project on the horizon in the industries we serve. This project is expected to directly create thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs in the United States, including at least 2,000 construction jobs for Quanta alone.

“We are committed to building this pipeline safely and in compliance with the high level of environmental requirements established by TransCanada.”

TransCanada has indicated that if construction of the pipeline begins early in 2012, the Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to be operational in the second half of 2013.

Special review

In addition to this contract being rewarded, the Keystone XL Pipeline is currently subject to a special review of the United States Department of State’s handling of the environmental impact statement and National Interest Determination by the US Office of the Inspector General.

The primary objective of the review is to determine to what extend the Department and all other parties involved complied with Federal laws and regulations in relation to the Keystone XL Pipeline permit process. The review will include interviews of appropriate officials and an assessment of pertinent documents.