SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for sulphuric acid plant in Kazakhstan



    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a lump-sum
engineering and procurement contract by Kazzinc JSC (a division of Glencore)
for a new sulphuric acid plant, which will be an integral part of Kazzinc's
new copper smelter in Ust-Kamenogorsk in eastern Kazakhstan. The contract is
valued at over CAN $60 million (approximately (euro)42 million).
    Using MECS (formerly Monsanto Environmental Chem Systems) technology, the
acid plant will capture sulphur dioxide (SO2) created during the copper
smelting process for use in its own production processes, thereby reducing SO2
gas emissions in compliance with the local Clean Air Act.
    Work is set to start immediately, and the plant is scheduled to go into
commercial operation in late 2009.
    "We worked with Glencore on the Mopani copper mine modernization project
in Zambia recently, and are pleased to be working with them again in
Kazakhstan," said Vulcan Mutler, President of Fenco, a division of SNC-Lavalin
Engineers & Constructors Inc. "We see a wide range of opportunities in many of
our industry sectors in Kazakhstan and throughout Eurasia."

    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

    Kazzinc is a major fully integrated zinc producer with considerable
copper, precious metals and lead credits. All the Company's operations are in
Kazakhstan, spread over six towns. The Ust-Kamenogorsk metallurgical complex
consists of a 180,000 tonne per year (tpy) zinc refinery, a 140,000 tpy lead
smelter and a precious metals refinery. It employs some 22,000 people in
mining, mineral processing, metallurgy and power generation.




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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