The Shaw Group Inc.

The Shaw Group Inc.

October 17, 2005 09:14 ET

Shaw Finalizes Contract with SHARQ for Grassroots Ethylene Plant in Saudi Arabia

BATON ROUGE, La.--(CCNMatthews - Oct 17, 2005) -

The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SGR) today announced that its Shaw Stone & Webster unit has finalized the contract for the previously announced letter of intent with Eastern Petrochemical Co., also known as SHARQ, for engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of a 1.3 million metric tons-per-year ethylene plant utilizing Shaw Stone & Webster ethylene technology. Under the contract, valued at approximately $900 million, Shaw will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the facility, which will be located in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The ethylene plant is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008.

J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw, said, "This award demonstrates our strengthening position in the Middle East petrochemical marketplace. We are very pleased to have finalized this contract and look forward to providing our proprietary ethylene technology and engineering and construction expertise to such a significant project. The Al-Jubail facility, which will be one of the largest in the world, will enhance SHARQ's leadership position in the petrochemical arena and showcase Shaw's expertise in downstream ethylene technologies."

Ethylene is an intermediate petroleum product primarily used in the production of other chemicals, particularly plastics, including polyethylene and polypropylene, the world's most widely used plastic. The 1.3 million metric tons-per-year plant will provide ethylene for an ethylene-glycol plant and a polyethylene plant at the same location.

SHARQ, a joint venture equally owned by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and SPDC Ltd, a Japanese consortium led by the government of Japan and the Mitsubishi group of companies.

Shaw Stone & Webster is an established leader in the world of ethylene technology, having provided technology, design, engineering and/or construction on more than 120 ethylene plants worldwide. Approximately 35 percent of the world's incremental production during the last decade has been based on Shaw Stone & Webster technology. Ethylene plants using Shaw Stone and Webster technology have established a worldwide reputation for exceptionally high operational reliability, rapid startup and superior performance. Earlier this year, Shaw Stone & Webster completed a 600,000 metric ton-per-year ethylene plant that it engineered and constructed in Nanjing, China for BASF-YPC.

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation, and facilities management services for the energy, chemicals, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. With over $3 billion in revenues, Shaw is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and employs approximately 20,000 people at its offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company was recently named for the second consecutive year to Fortune magazine's annual list of "America's Most Admired Companies". For further information, please visit Shaw's website at

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