Aecon Group Inc.
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Aecon Group Inc.

July 08, 2008 17:57 ET

IST Awarded Contract Totalling Over $33 Million

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) -

Attention Business Editors:

Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Innovative Steam Technologies (IST), has been awarded a contract totalling over $33 million to supply its Once-Through Steam Generator (OTSG) units to Sherritt Power in Boca de Jarunco, Cuba.

Under the contract, IST will supply five OTSGs to Sherritt Power for the Energas Boca de Jarunco Combined Cycle Project. The OTSGs are designed to recover waste exhaust heat from five 35 mega watt gas turbines. The gas turbines are currently installed and operating at the Energas power plant.

With the addition of the energy from the OTSGs, the output of the plant will increase by 150 mega watts, bringing the plant's total output capacity to approximately 320 mega watts.

IST began the design and production of the units for this project in May 2008, and they are scheduled for delivery in stages between May and July 2009. The new contract brings IST's backlog to $74 million, a new high for the company.

"This project with Sherritt Power is extremely exciting for IST on more than one level," said Bob Dautovich, President of IST. "Not only is this our first project in Cuba, marking our entry into an additional international market, but the project is also the largest single contract award to date for our business."

Innovative Steam Technologies is the world leader in the design and fabrication of once-through-steam-generators and is a wholly owned division of Aecon Group Inc.

Aecon Group Inc. is Canada's largest publicly traded construction and infrastructure development company. Aecon and its subsidiaries provide services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and internationally. Aecon is pleased to be recognized as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada as published by Report on Business Magazine.

The information in this news release includes certain forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon assumptions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties which are discussed in greater detail in the section entitled "Risk Factors and Uncertainties" in Management's Discussion and Analysis of operating results and Financial Condition for the year ended December 31, 2007 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although Aecon believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the expectations of any forward-looking statements will prove to be correct.

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