TransCanada president and chief executive officer Russ Girling. Image courtesy of TransCanada Corporation/Youtube.

Pipeline player TransCanada said Tuesday it laid off 185 people from its major projects department as part of a cost cutting plan.

According to the Calgary Herald, the company laid off about 100 full time employees and about 85 contractors.

The majority of the cuts took place in Calgary, but the department has employees throughout North America.

The major projects department oversees the development of the company’s largest projects, Reuters said.

In April, TransCanada delayed the startup of its Energy East pipeline by about two years after scrapping a marine terminal plan that would have impacted a beluga whale habitat, the Financial Post said.

The pipeline is now expected to go onstream in 2020.

The company is also still waiting for its Keystone XL pipeline to win regulatory approval.

A TransCanada spokesman told the Calgary Herald that the lay offs are part of a cost cutting and efficiency plan and are not tied to any specific project.

“These reductions were made primarily as a result of a significant restructuring of the entire major projects department to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of how we deliver all of our large-scale capital projects going forward,” TransCanada’s spokesman said.


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