SNC-Lavalin wins monster potroom deal on Qatalam

US $700 million EPC package for Qatar smelter will see Canadian specialist through to 2009

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  December 2, 2006

Canadian contractor SNC-Lavalin has won a US $700 million (QR2.6 billion) contract from state-owned Qatar Petroleum and Hydro Aluminium to carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the services area and potroom building of a new aluminum smelter – Qatalum – in Mesaieed, Qatar. A major portion of the contract will be a lump sum agreement, which will be made at the end of the front-end engineering and development (FEED) phase of the project. FEED engineering services are already underway and are expected to be completed by November 2007. Construction on the services area and potroom building will begin immediately afterwards, with completion scheduled by the end of 2009. “We are very pleased to be working with Qatar Petroleum and Hydro and to have this opportunity to put our recognised expertise in smelter design and construction at the disposal of Qatalum,” said Pierre Duhaime, executive vice-president, SNC-Lavalin Group. “The combination of low cost and significant resources of natural gas in Qatar, coupled with Hydro’s technology and operation experience, make it an ideal location for a new aluminum smelter.” Potrooms are a key part of the aluminium smelting process. Once SNC-Lavalin has completed construction of the new potroom building, rows of large process pots will then be completed under separate tenders and contracts, along with other process areas. “This contract reflects confidence in our expertise in the construction of aluminium smelters,” said Adrian Owens, vice-president and general manager of SNC-Lavalin’s Aluminium Division. SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading groups of engineering and construction companies in the world.

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