SNC-Lavalin and Minerconsult awarded EPCM contract for Barro Alto ferro-nickel project

    MONTREAL, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that,
along with local partner Minerconsult Engenharia, it has signed a
US$100 million contract with Anglo American Brasil Ltda to provide
engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) for a greenfield
ferro-nickel plant near Barro Alto, in the state of Goias, 170 km to the
northwest of Brasilia, Brazil.
    The EPCM contract also includes project management and related technical
services for expansion work on the mine's existing infrastructure and
operations. Capital cost of the new metallurgical facility and mine expansion
is over US$1 billion.
    "We are delighted to be working again with Anglo American, and to have
the opportunity to use our international expertise in nickel mining and
processing and combining it with our partner's local knowledge and presence on
this key project," said Pierre Duhaime, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin
Group Inc. in charge of worldwide mining and metallurgy operations.
    Detailed engineering and procurement work on the Barro Alto plant began
in January. Construction will begin in November, with production start up
scheduled for the first quarter of 2010. Once its design capacity has been
reached in 2011, the proposed Barro Alto facility will produce approximately
36,000 tons/year of ferro-nickel.
    "We are pleased to continue our association with Anglo American and
SNC-Lavalin, as we began our initial joint feasibility study on the project
about two years ago," said Eduardo Dias, Director of Minerconsult Engenharia.
"We are also committed to our client's overall objectives of safety, quality,
cost, schedule and sustainable development."

    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.

    Minerconsult Engenharia is a leading multi-disciplinary Brazilian
engineering firm providing a full range of engineering, technical and
construction management services to the mining, mineral and metallurgical
industry, involving domestic and international clients.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Dominique Morval,  Director of
Communications, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7255,; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President,
Investors Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553,; Media: Eduardo Dias, Director  Minerconsult
Engenharia, 55-31-3280-2204,

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