SNC-Lavalin awarded contract by Tonbridge Power's project company - MATL - to construct an electrical substation in Alberta

    CALGARY, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin's Transmission and
Distribution Division has been awarded a CAN $6M contract by Montana Alberta
Tie Ltd. (MATL) to design and construct an electrical substation near
Lethbridge, Alberta.
    The substation is a critical part of MATL's plan for a 347 km long,
300 MW (230 kV) bi-directional transmission line to interconnect the power
transmission grids of the province of Alberta and the state of Montana. The
line will be the first cross-border merchant transmission line between Canada
and the United States. In 2006, MATL awarded SNC-Lavalin T&D the engineering,
procurement, and construction contract for the transmission line, and design
is underway.
    "This substation is another important step in this innovative and
challenging project through the heart of the Chinook wind region, and we're
pleased to be able to deliver it for MATL," said Cindy Andrew, Senior
Vice-President and General Manager of SNC-Lavalin T&D.
    The substation will terminate the Alberta portion of the line and tie
into the Alberta Interconnected Electrical System (AIES). MATL and the local
Transmission Facility Owner will each own a portion of the substation, which
will include a phase-shifting transformer to step down Alberta's 240 kV
voltage to Montana's 230 kV voltage.
    "We look forward to moving ahead with the substation and are pleased to
work with SNC-Lavalin T&D as our lead engineer and general contractor," said
Johan van't Hof, Chief Executive Officer of Tonbridge Power, which holds a
controlling interest in MATL.
    The transmission line project and the associated substation are
progressing through the regulatory stage and applications have been filed with
provincial, state and federal regulators in Canada and the US. Pending
regulatory approval, commercial operation is targeted for mid-2008.

    About SNC-Lavalin

    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 operations and maintenance services. The SNC-Lavalin
companies have offices across Canada and in 30 other countries around the
world and are currently working in some 100 countries.

    About Tonbridge Power Inc.

    Tonbridge Power Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TBZ) is a Toronto-based investor in
power projects, whose principle asset is the 100% controlling interest in
Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. For more information please go to

    About Montana Alberta Tie Ltd.

    Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. is a Calgary-based company formed to build and
operate the Montana Alberta Tie. The company's management team has more than
100 years experience in the Alberta power industry. Montana Alberta Tie Ltd.
( is 100% controlled by Tonbridge Power Inc. and is the general
partner of MATL LLP, a limited partnership organized under the laws of the
State of Montana.

For further information:

For further information: SNC-Lavalin: Media: Gillian MacCormack,
Vice-President, Public Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext.
7354,; Investors: Stéphane Roy,
Vice-President, Investors Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000,
ext. 7559,; Tonbridge: Johan van't Hof, Chief
Executive Officer, Tonbridge Power Inc., (416) 850-2150,; Investors: Graeme A. Dick, Partner, Brisco Capital
Partners Corp., (403) 313-9663,

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