Shaw Receives Notice to Proceed on Astoria Energy Project; Company's Subsidiary to Construct NYC's Largest New Power Plant in 25 Years

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 2004--The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) announced today that its subsidiary, Stone & Webster, Inc., has received full notice to proceed on the previously announced power project known as Astoria Energy. In September 2003, the Company was awarded an approximately $565 million negotiated fixed price EPC contract by Astoria Energy LLC for the 500 MW Phase I of the project which will be built in the Astoria section of Queens, New York.

Astoria Energy is a fully-permitted 1,000 megawatt facility which is scheduled to be constructed in two phases. The first phase is a 500 megawatt, natural gas fueled combined cycle power plant. With project financing now in place, Shaw expects to begin construction this month.

"We believe strongly in the Astoria Energy project which will provide significant generating capacity to the power-constrained New York City area. We are pleased to now move forward with construction," stated Michael P. Childers, President of Shaw's Engineering, Construction and Maintenance division.

J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Shaw's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our innovative method of teaming with project developers allows us to actually create opportunities while addressing the energy needs of strategic markets and clients. This ability, along with our premier EPC capabilities, gives Shaw a distinct advantage in pursuing emerging business opportunities in the power market."

The Astoria Energy project represents Shaw's second EPC contract for a power plant in New York City. The Company recently completed construction for the expansion of an existing combined cycle power plant in Queens.

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, construction, remediation, and facilities management services to government and private sector clients in the environmental, infrastructure, and emergency response markets. Shaw is also a vertically integrated provider of comprehensive engineering, consulting, procurement, pipe fabrication, construction, and maintenance services to the power and process industries worldwide. The Company is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and employs approximately 15,000 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

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