SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for a sulphuric acid plant in Mexico

    TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2008 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce
that it has been awarded a contract by Minera y Metalurgica del Boleo, S.A. de
C.V. (MMB), a Mexican company controlled by Baja Mining Corp., for the
technology package, engineering, project management and procurement services,
and construction assistance, of a new, 2,400 metric tones per day sulphuric
acid plant.
    The acid plant will be part of MMB's mining and processing complex
currently under development in Baja, Mexico, which will be Mexico's largest
copper-cobalt project to date. The facilities are expected to produce an
estimated 50,000 tonnes of copper and 1850 tonnes of cobalt annually. The
total capital investment for the new acid plant, including the 46MW power
island, is approximately US$120 million. The new plant will feature an
advanced heat recovery system (HRS), entitling the company to carbon credits
for its investment.
    "This project is the result of SNC-Lavalin's successful history of acid
plant projects in Mexico as well as an example of its growing global market
share in the sector. This new acid plant will be a key component of MMB's new
copper-cobalt state of the art production facilities," said Pierre Duhaime,
Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in charge of worldwide Mining
and Metallurgy operations.
    "This contract allows us, together with our technology partner, MECS,
Inc., to meet the key client objectives of reliable acid production and
maximized power production," said Vulcan Mutler, President of the SNC-Lavalin
subsidiary which will work on the project.
    Work on the project has already commenced. The complex is scheduled to
begin operations in March 2010.

    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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