BBA is awarded an $8M engineering contract from Xstrata Nickel



    MONTREAL, March 11 /CNW Telbec/ - BBA is pleased to announce a
significant engineering contract with Xstrata Nickel, headquartered in
Toronto, Canada and one of the Xstrata Group's global commodity businesses,
involving the potential expansion of its Raglan Mine operations in Nunavik.
The mine currently produces just over 1-million tonnes of ore per year.
    With engineering fees amounting to about $8M, the contract calls for BBA
to perform pre-feasibility studies for energy generation and distribution, for
the metallurgical process and plant, as well as a scoping study for site
infrastructure.
    "We are extremely proud to have earned this mandate. This project with a
major client confirms our relevance in the strategic and very active mining
and metals sector," said Steeve Fiset, BBA President and CEO.
    In this assignment, BBA will team up with WorleyParsons, a resources and
energy engineering firm complementing BBA's staff in certain infrastructure
work.
    This contract strengthens BBA's presence in the sector, demonstrated over
the years by mandates with major players in the iron industry - notably with
the engineering of the Bloom Lake Project, Québec's largest in the last
30 years - and also including zinc, copper and gold. Xstrata Nickel's
expansion projects give BBA an opportunity to show its expertise in both the
mining process, and in energy - the niche where the firm originally
established its strong reputation.

    BBA is a multidisciplinary engineering firm offering services and
expertise in energy, mining and metals. With more than 400 employees, and
founded almost three decades ago, its engineering disciplines include
electrical, civil, mechanical, mining and mineral processing, automation,
controls, process optimization, network studies, testing and commissioning.




For further information:

For further information: Louise Giroux, Public Relations, BBA, (450)
464-2111, ext. 2057, louise.giroux@bba.ca

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