The Department of Commerce denied two requests from Kinder Morgan to buy tariff-free steel pipes from Turkish manufacturer Borusan Mannesmann in order to build the $1.75 billion Gulf Coast Express Pipeline in Permian Basin.
The company have a target service date of October 2019 for the 514-mile pipeline to move 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Agua Dulce hub near Corpus Christi.
Trump imposed a 25 percent import tax on steel and a 10 percent import tax on aluminum on most countries and extended them in June to Mexico, Canada and the European Union, in a decision taken on March 2018.
The company argued that the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline would boost exports, unlock more oil production in the Permian Basin. They also added that it will strengthen ties to Turkey, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, but according to the Department of Commerce officials, there is a reasonable amount of pipeline available in the United States with "satisfactory quality" for the project.