SNC-Lavalin and AECL sign MOU on nuclear collaboration with Jordan's Atomic Energy Commission



    MONTREAL, June 28 2008 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin and Atomic Energy of
Canada Limited (AECL) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) today in Amman, Jordan with the Jordan Atomic Energy
Commission covering a range of areas of cooperation designed to assist Jordan
in assessing the feasibility of the introduction of a CANDU(R) nuclear power
program based on the Enhanced CANDU 6(R) (EC-6) reactor.

    
    The MOU serves as a framework for collaboration on:

    - Engineering and economic studies aimed at demonstrating the technical
      and economic feasibility of a CANDU nuclear power program in Jordan;
    - Studies to assess infrastructure development requirements and site
      selection process to assess construction feasibility of an Enhanced
      CANDU 6 reactor within Jordan's regulatory requirements;
    - Studies on fuel fabrication facilities, technology transfer, manpower
      training and ongoing support to ensure the potential use of Jordan's
      uranium resources in a CANDU nuclear power program.
    

    "This MOU launches a new and important chapter which could lead to
bilateral and multi-sectoral trade, investment and nuclear-related technology
cooperation between Jordan and Canada," said Ron Denom, President of
SNC-Lavalin International.
    "We are extremely pleased to be entering into an understanding with
Jordan and to partner with SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. in playing a key role in
strengthening Jordan's preparation for a nuclear technology program," said
Dr. Ken Petrunik, President, CANDU Reactor Division, AECL. "AECL's
EC-6 reactor is the ideal size for compatibility with Jordan's electricity
grid, and with its natural uranium fuel cycle and fuel conversion capability,
the EC-6 can help Jordan become more energy self-sufficient."
    "We are a proud partner along with AECL in this new initiative, and we
are confident our combined technical expertise will assist Jordanians in
meeting their growing energy needs," said Patrick Lamarre, Executive
Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and President of SNC-Lavalin Nuclear.
    The MOU extends over a period of three years from today.

    About SNC-Lavalin

    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 over 35 countries around the world
and are currently working in some 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com

    About AECL

    Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. is a full-service nuclear technology company
providing services to nuclear utilities around the world. Established in 1952,
AECL is the designer and builder of CANDU technology.
    AECL specializes in a range of advanced nuclear energy products and
services that are an important component of clean-air energy programs on four
continents. AECL's 5,000 employees provide research and development, support,
design and engineering, construction management, specialized technology,
refurbishment, waste management and decommissioning in support of CANDU
reactor products. More information on AECL and CANDU technology can be found
at www.aecl.ca




For further information:

For further information: Media: Gillian MacCormack, Vice-President,
Global Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7354,
Cell: (514) 796-3499, gillian.maccormack@snclavalin.com; Dale Coffin,
Director, Corporate Communications, AECL, (905) 403-7457, Cell: (905)
302-9702, coffind@aecl.ca; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President, Investor
Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553, Cell: (514)
206-1792, denis.jasmin@snclavalin.com


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