Associations form pipeline steel team in response to Trump memo

Four national oil and gas associations have formed a pipeline steel team in response to US President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 24 Executive Memorandum specifying that US-manufactured materials will be used in all new construction as well as repairs, retrofits, and expansions to the maximum extent possible.

Four national oil and gas associations have formed a pipeline steel team in response to US President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 24 Executive Memorandum specifying that US-manufactured materials will be used in all new construction as well as repairs, retrofits, and expansions to the maximum extent possible.

The memorandum directed the US Secretary of Commerce to consult with relevant executive agencies to develop a plan and submit it to the president within 180 days of its publication in the Federal Register.

Representatives from the American Petroleum Institute, American Gas Association, Association of Oil Pipe Lines, and Interstate Natural Gas Association of America met in mid-February after member companies expressed concern about potential challenges for constructing new projects and repairing existing systems in complying with the memo.

They formed the pipeline steel team with member company representatives to analyze the memo’s potential effects, develop policy recommendations, and reach out to the Trump administration and others. No specific issues have been identified or possible steps proposed because the process has just got under way, AOPL and INGAA representatives separately told OGJ.

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