Dessau-Soprin awarded the project management of Algeria's Grand Mosque, valued at $2.2 billion

    LAVAL, QC, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Dessau-Soprin, one of the largest
engineering and construction companies in the country, has just been awarded a
major contract of assistance to the contracting owner (project management) for
the construction of Algeria's new Grand Mosque, valued at $2.2 billion.
    Dessau-Soprin will supply a team of highly specialized managers and
technical experts to support the National Agency for the Construction and
Management of Algiers's Mosque throughout the project, which is to be carried
out over 76 months.
    Mr. Jean-Pierre Sauriol, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Dessau-Soprin stated that: "Being granted this important contract clearly
illustrates the unique know-how of our experts and our ability to successfully
manage major multi-disciplinary projects, both at home and abroad. Moreover,
we are proud of the confidence shown by the Algerian government in assigning
us such a prestigious project." Mr. Sauriol added that: "Dessau-Soprin
foresees that this project will give rise to the creation of at least 100 jobs
including the hiring of local resources for the benefit of all stakeholders."
    The world's third largest mosque after Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and Hassan II
in Morocco, Algeria's new Grand Mosque will be built in the heart of the bay
of Algiers, more specifically in the Mohammadia commune. It will hold up to
120,000 worshippers. The mosque will have the largest minaret in the world, at
300 metres high with 10 storeys. There are also several cultural and religious
structures, a conference room that seats more than 1,500, a koran house, a
centre for cultural sciences, three libraries and media centres, an
amphitheatre, a laboratory, a 300-room hotel, a shopping centre, restaurants,
green spaces and a recreation park.

    Dessau-Soprin employs 2,600 employees working throughout Quebec, Ontario,
New-Brunswick and abroad mostly in the Maghreb, Central and South America and
in the Caribbean. The firm is very active in Algeria in the major public
works, transportation and building sectors where it is currently working on 10
major projects. In 2007, Dessau-Soprin was recognized among "Canada's 50 best
managed companies".

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For further information: Katia Reyburn, Director, Communications, (514)
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