SNC-Lavalin and Murray & Roberts awarded contract for nuclear demonstration power plant in South Africa

    MONTREAL, Aug. 22, 2008 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin Nuclear and Murray &
Roberts are pleased to announce that Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd has
awarded their joint venture company, Murray & Roberts SNC-Lavalin Nuclear
(Pty) Ltd. (MRSLN), a contract to provide engineering, procurement, project
and construction management services for Phase II of the Pebble Bed Modular
Reactor (PBMR) Demonstration Power Plant at Koeberg, South Africa.
    Phase II of the project entails construction of a commercial scale power
plant at Koeberg near Cape Town, which is subject to obtaining a nuclear
licence from the National Nuclear Regulator and a positive Record of Decision
on the Environmental Impact Assessment.
    The power plant will use advanced Generation IV technology and supply
about 165 MWe (electrical) to South Africa's national grid once in service.
Phase I, for the project's scope definition, was completed in June 2008. Phase
II work began in July 2008 with an expected date of completion of September
2014. The approximate value of the contract is CAN$253 million
(R 1,9 billion.)
    "We are pleased with this opportunity to bring our experience in 'New
Build' Generation IV nuclear technology to this benchmark project," said
Patrick Lamarre, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., and
President of SNC-Lavalin Nuclear. "We developed a good relationship with PBMR
and Murray & Roberts on Phase I and look forward to working with them again on
Phase II."
    Malose Chaba, Executive Director, Murray & Roberts stated that "this is a
culmination of over 10 years of Murray & Roberts' engagement on this project.
We look forward to leveraging the collective strengths of this joint-venture
to deliver this prestigious project."
    The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor is a generation IV high temperature,
helium-cooled nuclear reactor. The main advantages of the technology are its
inherent safe characteristics, modular design, process heat applications and
short construction time.

    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.

    Murray & Roberts (JSE: MUR) is South Africa's leading engineering,
contracting and construction services company, with a focus on the industry &
mining, oil & gas, power & energy, building and infrastructure markets in
Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australasia and North America.. More
information is available at

For further information:

For further information: Media: SNC-Lavalin: 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,; PBMR: Tom Ferreira,; Murray & Roberts: Client Service, +27 11 456 1000,

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