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The Shaw Group Names Alfonso E. Lenhardt Senior Vice President, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 2, 2004--The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SGR) today announced that Major General (retired) Alfonso E. Lenhardt has been named Senior Vice President, Government Relations of the Company's subsidiary, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. (Shaw E & I). Mr. Lenhardt will be responsible for business development activities with federal, state and local agencies, with a special emphasis on expanding Shaw's relationship with the legislative branch of the federal government.

Prior to joining Shaw E & I, Mr. Lenhardt held a broad range of positions within the U.S. government and military. Most recently, he served as the Sergeant at Arms for the United States Senate where he managed a staff of over 2,300 employees and an annual operating budget of $200 million. Mr. Lenhardt developed and maintained security operations in the Capitol and Senate office buildings that met the stringent safety demands placed on the country following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He also successfully directed emergency response operations following the anthrax incident that occurred in the Hart Senate office building in October of 2001.

"We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Lenhardt to our senior management team, particularly as a member of our government relations group," stated Diana Severs-Ferguson, President of Shaw E & I. "Through his recent experience with Congress and his broad military background, Mr. Lenhardt has developed a strong network within all sectors of the federal government. I am confident that this expertise will create additional opportunities within our federal business line and for the Company as a whole."

Mr. Lenhardt's long-spanning military career includes positions of Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Director of Personnel and Installation Management for the largest unit in the U.S. Army, and Chief of Staff/Executive Assistant to the Director for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. Throughout his professional career he has streamlined administrative functions that have resulted in significantly reduced operating costs and implemented a management style that attracted and retained top level personnel. Mr. Lenhardt holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters in the Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation, and facilities management services for government and private sector clients in the power, process, environmental, infrastructure and homeland defense markets. The Company is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and employs approximately 14,800 people at its offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.shawgrp.com.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements. The statements contained herein that are not historical facts (including without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," or other similar expressions) and statements related to revenues, earnings, backlog, or other financial information or results are forward-looking statements based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by the Company. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions and are subject to change based upon various factors. Should one or more of such risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. A description of some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements can be found in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K and Form 10-Q reports, and on the Company's website under the heading "Forward Looking Statement". These documents are also available from the Securities and Exchange Commission or from the Investor Relations department of Shaw. For more information on the company and announcements it makes from time to time on a regional basis visit our website at www.shawgrp.com.

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    CONTACT: The Shaw Group Inc.
             Laurie LaChiusa, 225-932-2500
    SOURCE: The Shaw Group Inc.
"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SHAW GROUP INC's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.


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