SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for energy Distribution Management Systems in California



    MONTREAL, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract
by Pacific Gas & Electric Company, to develop, install & commission
Distribution Management Systems (DMS) for its electricity distribution
network. The new DMS systems will control California's electricity
distribution network for Northern and Central California using SNC-Lavalin's
GENe systems. They will be installed and operated from regional distribution
centres in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and in Northern and Central
California.
    SNC-Lavalin will provide project management and maintenance services, as
well as engineering, testing, installation, commissioning and training for the
DMS systems, which are part of its GENe line of energy control products. Work
on the project is underway, and the new DMS systems will be operational by the
first quarter of 2009.
    "We are pleased to be working with Pacific Gas & Electric Company on this
project; it is one of the most important utilities in the United States," said
Joe Salim, Vice-President and General Manager of SNC-Lavalin's Transmission
and Distribution (T&D) Montreal Operations. "The DMS systems will be
integrated with Pacific Gas & Electric Company's existing supervisory control
and data acquisition (SCADA) system, and its geographical information and
outage management systems."
    SNC-Lavalin's GENe DMS product provides utilities with a comprehensive
suite of applications and tools for the efficient, reliable and cost-effective
management of electricity distribution networks. DMS applications are designed
to be fully integrated and to upgrade existing electricity distribution
management systems.

    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 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.com


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