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:: SNC-Lavalin and Minerconsult Awarded EPCM Contract for Barro Alto Ferro-Nickel Project

SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that, along with local partner Minerconsult Engenharia, it has signed a US$100 million contract with Anglo American Brasil Ltda to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) for a greenfield ferro-nickel plant near Barro Alto, in the state of Goi=E1s, 170 km to the northwest of Brasilia, Brazil.

The EPCM contract also includes project management and related technical services for expansion work on the mine's existing infrastructure and operations. Capital cost of the new metallurgical facility and mine expansion is over US$1 billion.

"We are delighted to be working again with Anglo American, and to have the opportunity to use our international expertise in nickel mining and processing and combining it with our partner's local knowledge and presence on this key project," said Pierre Duhaime, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in charge of worldwide mining and metallurgy operations.

Detailed engineering and procurement work on the Barro Alto plant began in January. Construction will begin in November, with production start up scheduled for the first quarter of 2010. Once its design capacity has been reached in 2011, the proposed Barro Alto facility will produce approximately 36,000 tons /year of ferro-nickel.

"We are pleased to continue our association with Anglo American and SNC-Lavalin, as we began our initial joint feasibility study on the project about two years ago," said Eduardo Dias, Director of Minerconsult Engenharia. "We are also committed to our client's overall objectives of safety, quality, cost, schedule and sustainable development."

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 the provision of operations and maintenance services. The SNC-Lavalin companies have offices across Canada and in 34 other countries around the world and are currently working in some 100 countries.

Minerconsult Engenharia is a leading multi-disciplinary Brazilian engineering firm providing a full range of engineering, technical and construction management services to the mining, mineral and metallurgical industry, involving domestic and international clients.




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