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SNC-Lavalin Awarded New Multi-faceted Contract to Extend Capacity of Libya's Great Man-made River Project

SNC Lavalin SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $450 million contract by the Great Man Made River Authority (GMMRA) in Libya to develop the Al Kufra Wellfield. This is part of the major GMMR water supply system currently under construction to transport potable water from the southern Libyan desert to urban centres in the north.

SNC-Lavalin's mandate includes the design of the Al Kufra Wellfield system and all construction related to connecting this new wellfield to the existing water distribution system including the installation of collector pipelines, pumps in 300 deep wells, the power supply and communications system.

"The Great Man Made River Authority has been one of SNC-Lavalin's major clients for the last 20 years," said Riadh Ben Aïssa, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "This new contract reflects the Authority's confidence in our ability to design and build challenging projects, which has been our trademark in Libya for over 25 years. We are proud of the working relationship we have built up in Libya and how it has allowed us to establish a unique local team capable of undertaking major projects in the country."

One of these projects is a contract currently underway at SNC-Lavalin's factory at Sarir for the construction of 45,000 gigantic concrete pipes to convey water along the GMMR to coastal cities.

The Kufra scheme will provide an additional 1.68 million cubic metres of water per day to the GMMR main spine and increase the hydraulic capacity of the existing conveyance systems in order to transport this additional flow.

Construction will begin shortly with a completion date of 2015.

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.

Published 26/10/2010

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