Car bombing kills Algerian employees of SNC-Lavalin

    MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2008 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with the greatest sadness
that SNC-Lavalin learned of a terrorist attack earlier today on a bus carrying
its Algerian employees to work on the Koudiat Acerdoune water treatment plant
and distribution project in Algeria. Twelve employees were killed in the car
bombing, and approximately 15 were wounded.
    SNC-Lavalin would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the families
of the victims - and to those who are currently being treated in a local
    SNC-Lavalin is proud of its longstanding relationship with the people of
Algeria and of the many projects we have carried out together over more than
30 years. We would like all our employees to know that we strongly deplore
this act of terrorism, and that their health and safety remains a top priority
for the Company. We continue to work closely with Algerian authorities to
ensure the safety and security of all our personnel.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Gillian MacCormack, Vice-President,
Global Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7354,; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President,
Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553,

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