SNC-Lavalin acquires engineering firm in Chile



    MONTREAL, April 24, 2009 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to
announce the acquisition of VST Ingenieros Ltda, a leading Chilean consulting
engineering firm specialized in mining geotechnical work with expertise and
technology in the field of thickened tailings disposal. The Santiago-based
company has approximately 50 employees.
    The 18-year old firm has world class expertise in thickened tailings
disposal, which allows for higher water recovery, crucial in the mining
industry and particularly critical in the northern desert of Chile, where most
of the country's copper mines are located.
    "This acquisition is in line with SNC-Lavalin's strategy to broaden our
services in Chile and worldwide by continuously complementing and reinforcing
our world class technical expertise," said Pierre Duhaime, Executive
Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in charge of worldwide mining and
metallurgy operations. "Strengthening our expertise in a process that
conserves water in the mining industry also reflects our commitment to
sustainable development."
    SNC-Lavalin and VST Ingenieros have partnered on several past and ongoing
projects, including work currently underway on an important mining water
recovery project.
    "As SNC-Lavalin VST Ingenieros, we can offer our domestic and
international clients the combined benefits of SNC-Lavalin's international
experience and technical expertise and VST Ingenieros's local presence and
technical skills in the mining sector," said Ricardo Valdebenito,
Vice-President Mine Reclamation & Geotechnical, SNC-Lavalin VST Ingenieros
(Chile Division). "In addition, our synergies and similar core values with
SNC-Lavalin's Centre for Excellence in Mine Reclamation and Geotechnical will
provide international growth opportunities for all VST Ingenieros staff."

    SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) is one of the leading engineering and construction
groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and
in the provision of operations and maintenance services. SNC-Lavalin has
offices across Canada and in over 35 other countries around the world, and is
currently working in some 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com




For further information:

For further information: Media: Montreal: Gillian MacCormack,
Vice-President, Global Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514)
393-8000, ext. 7354, gillian.maccormack@snclavalin.com; Chile: Fernando
Garcia, Vice-President and General Manager, SNC-Lavalin Chile SA, (562)
431-2801; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President, Investor Relations,
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553,
denis.jasmin@snclavalin.com


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