Increased success for SM Group International in Algeria


    MONTREAL, Dec. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - SM Group International (SMI) has joined
forces with the leading highway infrastructure firm CITIC to participate in a
major contract relating to the construction of the western section of the
Algerian East-West Highway. This is a highway infrastructure project that
senior Algerian public works officials have called "the project of the
century."
    "We are proud to have been awarded this very important mandate, which
consolidates our company's presence in North African and overseas regions with
respect to major projects" declared SMI President and CEO Bernard Poulin.
    This contract comes on the heels of five other large-scale projects that
SMI has completed in Algeria, notably for such major organizations as the
Agence Nationale des Barrages et Transferts (ANBT), and Sonatrach, a world
leader in the energy sector.
    The 26-month contract covers monitoring and supervision of the work on
the western portion of the highway, which covers 399 km. SMI will deploy some
thirty people to accompany CITIC for the execution of its mandate in meeting
the Agence Nationale des Autoroutes (ANA-DPN) requirements.
    Bernard Poulin added: "This contract is worth tens of millions of
dollars, and it reinforces SMI's global initiatives as well as our corporate
presence in Algeria, where we are already well-recognized for our expertise
and skills."
    Several years ago, S. M. Group International (SMI), a leader in the
consulting-engineering field since its inception in 1972, undertook a
reorientation characterized by a new corporate branding: "Science for
solutions and achievements." Thirty five years after its founding, the Quebec
company-amongst the most active internationally-now employs 800 professionals
who specialize in all traditional engineering sectors, new technologies, and
all aspects of major-project management.
    SMI has now become a major global player with a view to completing
turnkey projects, equipped with state-of-the-art technological tools,
conforming to the principles of sustainable development and remaining
respectful of community values.
    Its experience with and mastery of upstream fundamentals, design and
management has enabled SMI to widen the scope of its endeavours from
consultancy and studies to active involvement in project execution.
    S.M. Group International is headquartered in Montreal (Québec), Canada,
close to all of North America's major technological and industrial centers.
The company has ready access to a broad network of highly qualified,
ethnically diverse and multilingual professional resources, whose skills
uniquely qualify them to meet the demands for major project execution around
the world.



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