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Shaw Announces Sale of Shaw Power Technologies Units

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan 6, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) today announced that it has sold substantially all of the assets of its Shaw Power Technologies, Inc. and Shaw Power Technologies International, Ltd. units to Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution Inc., a unit of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI). The sale was effective as of December 31, 2004.

J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw, said, "We made a strategic decision earlier this year to divest ourselves of relatively small, non-core business units so that we may focus on business activities where we can generate the most value for our shareholders. This sale is simply the execution of that business strategy. In this transaction, we realized significant immediate value for a non-core business unit. We will redeploy this capital into our core businesses."

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, 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 emergency response markets. A Fortune 500 company with revenues over $3 billion, Shaw is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and employs approximately 17,000 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 Statements". 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.

SOURCE: The Shaw Group Inc.

CONTACT:
The Shaw Group Inc., Baton Rouge
Chris D. Sammons
225-932-2546

http://www.shawgrp.com

"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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