SNC-Lavalin acquires mining engineering firm in Brazil



    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce the
acquisition of Minerconsult Engenharia, a leading multidisciplinary
engineering firm of approximately 1000 professionals based in Belo Horizonte,
the capital of mining and metallurgical engineering activities in Brazil.
    The 17-year old consulting engineering firm has world class expertise in
material handling, iron ore and bauxite mining. It also provides the full
range of services in gold, copper, iron, nickel and bauxite mining from the
early stages of conceptual studies to pre-commissioning and start up for
clients in Brazil, Latin America and in other parts of the world.
    "This acquisition is in line with SNC-Lavalin's strategy of developing
wider geographic coverage, continuing to build on our technical expertise, and
developing world class engineering skills," said Pierre Duhaime, Executive
Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in charge of worldwide mining and
metallurgy operations. "We are now in a better position to take advantage of
the current surge in demand for mining and metals activities worldwide,
particularly iron ore, and also Brazil's booming economy."
    In the past, SNC-Lavalin and Minerconsult have partnered on several
projects, including the ongoing work on a US$100 million contract with Anglo
American Brasil Ltda to provide engineering, procurement and construction
management for a greenfield ferro-nickel plant near Barro Alto, 170 km to the
northwest of Brasilia.
    "As SNC-Lavalin/Minerconsult, we can offer our domestic and international
clients the combined benefits of SNC-Lavalin's international experience and
technical expertise and Minerconsult's local presence and technical skills in
the mining sector," said Eduardo Eymard Ramos Dias, Vice-President and General
Manager, SNC-Lavalin Minerconsult. In addition, our complementary expertise,
synergies and similar core values will provide career development and growth
opportunities for all Minerconsult 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. The SNC-Lavalin
companies have offices across Canada and in 34 other countries around the
world and are currently working in some 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com




For further information:

For further information: Media: Gillian MacCormack, Vice-President,
Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7354,
gillian.maccormack@snclavalin.com; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President,
Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553,
denis.jasmin@snclavalin.coml; Eduardo Dias, Vice-President and General
Manager, SNC-Lavalin Minerconsult, + 55-31-3280-2200,
Eduardo.dias@minerconsult.com


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