SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for potash process plant expansion in
Saskatchewan

TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that, in joint venture with PCL Industrial Management Inc. (PCL), it has been awarded a contract by Agrium to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Vault Potash Project in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan.

The reimbursable EPC contract will be completed in several phases. Work will begin immediately and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

The work involves the expansion of Agrium's existing Vanscoy underground potash mine, production hoist, concentrator and infrastructure to increase the production capacity to 2.8 Mt/y. The infrastructure includes a 132 kV substation, a tailings management area and a rail spur.

"This contract award attests to SNC-Lavalin's strength in executing and managing large projects, and its commendable expertise in potash projects," said Feroz Ashraf, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "We have completed other successful projects with PCL, and we are looking forward to working with them again, and with Agrium, on this one."

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

SOURCE SNC-Lavalin

For further information: For further information: Media: Leslie Quinton, Vice-President, Global Corporate Communications, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7354, leslie.quinton@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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