The Shaw Group Awarded Contract with Potential Value Of $1.5 Billion Supporting The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2004--The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SGR) today announced that its newly formed joint venture, Shaw CENTCOM Services, LLC (Shaw CS), was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Transatlantic Programs Center. Shaw CS, consisting of Shaw, Al-Khudhairy Group, Kharafi National, and NESMA will provide the full range of design-build and construction-related services within the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) which includes 25 nations located throughout the Horn of Africa, South and Central Asia, the Northern Red Sea regions, the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a one-year base with a monetary ceiling of $500 million. The contract also includes four one-year options with a $250 million ceiling per year. Task orders under this contract cover a wide range of planning, engineering, and design in conjunction with construction, repair, renovation, restoration, and maintenance and operation services. The contracts will support U.S. military operations, other U.S. government agencies and friendly foreign governments under established agreements.

"Shaw has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers domestically and this contract opens the door for Shaw to add further value by supporting their strategic international initiatives," said J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Shaw Group. "We are honored to participate in this important endeavor and we look forward to the opportunity to enhance the communities located within the established area of responsibility."

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

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