Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

March 24, 2005 14:42 ET

Jacobs CEO Noel Watson Makes Statement Regarding BP Texas City Explosion


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FOR: JACOBS ENGINEERING GROUP INC.

NYSE SYMBOL: JEC

MARCH 24, 2005 - 14:42 ET

Jacobs CEO Noel Watson Makes Statement Regarding BP
Texas City Explosion

PASADENA, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 24, 2005) -

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) CEO Noel Watson has issued the
following statement regarding the deaths at the BP Texas City refinery:

"All of us at Jacobs are devastated by the tragic loss of 11 of our
colleagues and the injuries to a number of others in the explosion that
occurred yesterday at the BP refinery in Texas City. About 375 employees
of Jacobs and its JE Merit Constructors subsidiary were involved in
turnaround work at a separate unit close to the isomerization unit where
the explosion occurred.

"Right now our utmost concern is for the people and families directly
affected by this terrible tragedy.

"Even though Jacobs was not performing any work on the isomerization
unit, a number of our employees were meeting in a staff office trailer
about 150 yards from that unit when it exploded. The ultracracker unit
where our employees were working had been shut down for the turnaround.

"I am sure I speak for everyone in the company when I say that our
hearts go out to all those whose lives have been affected by this
tragedy. We are doing all that we can to support our people and their
families at this time."

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