SNC-Lavalin awarded Fort Hills Oil Sands Secondary Upgrader project in Alberta

    MONTREAL, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that
it has been awarded a contract by Fort Hills Energy L.P. (FHELP) to provide
front end engineering design services for Phase I of the Secondary Upgrader
portion of the Fort Hills Oil Sands Project, located in Sturgeon County, 40 km
northeast of Edmonton.
    The Sturgeon Upgrader will process bitumen feedstock from the Fort Hills
mine, 90 km north of Fort McMurray, into synthetic crude. The upgraded crude
will then be marketed for refining into consumer products such as gasoline and
    "We have a proven track record in successfully executing large oil and
gas projects worldwide, and we are delighted to be selected for a key portion
of this significant project," said Pierre Duhaime, Executive Vice-President,
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
    "This contract reflects the quality of our team and its project
management and refining expertise," said Jean Nehmé, a Senior Vice-President
and General Manager, SNC-Lavalin.
    The front-end engineering design phase of the project will begin
immediately, and will be completed by the end of 2007. The work will be
carried out from SNC-Lavalin's Montreal office, where this phase of the
project is expected to generate approximately 100 jobs.

    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.

    Fort Hills Energy L.P. consists of Petro-Canada with a 55% working
interest, UTS Energy Corporation with a 30% working interest and Teck Cominco
Limited with a 15% working interest, with Petro-Canada Oil Sands Inc., a
wholly owned subsidiary of Petro-Canada, as the contract operator for the

For further information:

For further information: 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,

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