SNC-Lavalin awarded consultancy services contract for HVDC interconnection between Egypt and Saudi Arabia



    MONTREAL, June 18, 2009 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce
that its Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Group has been awarded a contract
for consultancy services on the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) electricity
interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
    The contract, valued at US$3.9 million, includes the route selection of
the proposed approximate 1500 km two-pole 500 KV multi-terminal HVDC link, the
system and design studies for the link which would be able to transfer 3000 MW
of power, as well as the preparation of the Request for Proposals for the HVDC
stations and lines in both countries.
    "We are very excited about expanding our existing transmission and
distribution presence and activities in the Middle East with this new
interconnection project," said Patrick Lamarre, Executive Vice-President,
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "The SNC-Lavalin Transmission and Distribution Group
has a great deal of experience in High Voltage (AC and DC) network and
substation design, with projects all over the world."
    SNC-Lavalin T&D is currently completing a similar project for the GCC
Interconnection Authority, connecting Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and
the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is also carrying out studies and
engineering and supervision mandates for 66KV, 132KV and 220KV substations in
Bahrain and UAE.

    SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is one of the leading groups of engineering and
construction companies in the world, a major player in the ownership of
infrastructure, and in 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,
Global Public Relations, (514) 393-8000, ext. 7354,
gillian.maccormack@snclavalin.com; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President,
Investor Relations, (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553, denis.jasmin@snclavalin.com


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