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CHRISTINNE MUSCHI

The European operations of SNC-Lavalin have been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract to build a $625-million (U.S.) grassroots sulphuric-phosphoric acid complex in Jordan.

The contract, awarded by JIFCO, a joint venture company owned by Jordanian Phosphate Mines Co. and Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative Ltd., also includes utilities and a power plant for the project in Eshidya, Jordan.

JPMC is a leading phosphate rock, phosphoric acid and fertilizer producer in Jordan, and IFFCO is the largest fertilizer producer and distributor co-operative in India.

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Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin will provide overall project management, detailed design, proprietary equipment items and construction management for the facilities.

The world-class complex will have a capacity of 500,000 tonnes per year of phosphoric acid. It will also include a single-line sulphuric acid plant with a capacity of 4,500 tonnes per day, making it the largest single-stream unit in the world.

"This contract reflects our notable experience and technical capabilities in the fertilizer field" said Jean Claude Pingat, executive vice-president, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and president, SNC-Lavalin in Europe.

"It is also an excellent example of how SNC-Lavalin creates synergies among its various areas of expertise to bring added value to its clients, in this case the provision and integration of sulphuric and phosphoric acid plants and other associated facilities," Mr. Pingat said.

Work is scheduled to begin immediately, with production start-up expected before the end of 2012.

SNC-Lavalin 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 about 100 countries.

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