SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for major Algerian gas processing complex

    MONTREAL, June 16, 2009 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce
that it has been awarded an engineering procurement and construction contract
by Sonatrach, Algeria's national oil company to design and build natural gas
process facilities in the Sahara desert approximately 1200 km to the south
east of Algiers.
    The 785.5 million euros lump sum contract (approximately CAN$1.2 billion)
calls for SNC-Lavalin to build a gas treatment complex, including
infrastructure to collect raw gas at four different gas fields, a natural gas
processing facility and a facility to process and reinject carbon dioxide into
gas fields. Once in operation, the facilities will start to produce and
process 3.5 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year.
    "The signing of this contract follows many months of technical studies
and review by Sonatrach," said Riadh Ben Aissa, Executive Vice-President,
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in charge of worldwide infrastructure operations. "This
contract reflects our proven ability to take on mega projects such as this
one, and I am extremely pleased that Sonatrach has entrusted us with carrying
out the project."
    Continued Ben Aissa, "We are also proud of SNC-Lavalin's long history of
contributing to the economic development of Algeria, so while we look forward
to working again with Sonatrach, we are also very happy with this new
opportunity to put our expertise in oil and gas to work for the benefit of all
    Work will begin immediately at the Rhourde Nouss Central, Rhourde Nouss
South/East, Rhourde Adra and Rhourde Adra South oil fields. The facilities are
expected to be completed in 36 months.

    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. SNC-Lavalin has
offices across Canada and in over 35 other countries around the world, and is
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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