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Shaw to Provide Louisiana Coastline with Barrier Island Construction

Shaw Group The Shaw Group Inc. today announced it has been awarded a contract by the state of Louisiana's Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration for overall project management and construction of barrier island temporary berms in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Shaw will conduct environmental permitting and assist the state in providing personnel, materials and equipment to build these temporary sand berms. Construction of the berms in accordance with the emergency permit will require mobilization, front-end planning, material testing and analysis, dredging and alignment surveys, as well as coordination with state and federal agencies.

"In this time of crisis, we are mobilizing available resources both locally and internationally to help protect our coastline," said J.M. Bernhard Jr., Shaw's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "With our corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge and more than 5,000 Louisiana-based employees, our roots are firmly planted in this state. As with our Hurricane Katrina recovery work, Shaw has a deep personal interest in our state's protection and recovery."

Shaw has extensive experience in disaster response, program management and environmental remediation. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Shaw unwatered 50 billion gallons of water from the city of New Orleans in 17 days, when projected estimates were as many as 90 days. For the U.S. Coast Guard, Shaw performed removal of wrecked vessels and associated debris in Gulf Coast waterways.

As the project manager for the largest design-build civil works project ever awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Shaw is constructing the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier. When completed, the two-mile floodwall will be part of a system providing 100-year storm protection to the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. Shaw also assisted the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources in developing Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast - the guide for all coastal restoration and protection efforts in the state.

The amount to be included in Shaw's Environmental & Infrastructure segment's backlog of unfilled orders in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010 was undisclosed.

The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SHAW) is a leading global provider of engineering, construction, technology, fabrication, remediation and support services for clients in the energy, chemicals, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response industries. A Fortune 500 company with fiscal year 2009 annual revenues of $7.3 billion, Shaw has approximately 28,000 employees around the world.

Published 04/06/2010

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