The Shaw Group Provides 250 Workers for Power Restoration Efforts in the Wake of Hurricane Charley

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 17, 2004--The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SGR) announced today that its subsidiary, Shaw Energy Delivery Services, Inc. (Shaw EDS), is providing 250 linemen, 125 trucks and other equipment to the power restoration efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Charley. The line technicians arrived yesterday in Central Florida's hardest-hit areas of Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda in Charlotte County where they will work with Florida Power & Light (NYSE:FPL) and Progress Energy (TSX:PGX) to re-establish utility service to those customers impacted by the storm. The workers were temporarily released from contract work with Duke Power (NYSE:DUK), Baltimore Gas & Electric and several utility co-operatives in the Carolinas, in accordance with the Southeast Electrical Mutual Assistance Agreement.

William F. Quinn, President of Shaw Transmission and Distribution Services, said, "We are pleased to provide critical resources to the restoration effort and we are confident our highly skilled teams will return power to Central Florida residents in an expedient manner. Our participation is another example of Shaw's unique ability to provide timely, comprehensive emergency response services, in addition to our traditional transmission and distribution capabilities."

Shaw EDS provides premier design, installation, upgrade and maintenance power transmission and distribution systems and services that improve reliability and operational efficiencies. Shaw EDS has designed, constructed, and maintained more than 12,500 miles of transmission systems, 70,000 miles of primary distribution lines, and 2,000 substations for clients across the United States and overseas.

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. The Shaw Group is also a vertically integrated provider of comprehensive engineering, consulting, procurement, pipe fabrication, construction and maintenance services to the power and process industries worldwide. A Fortune 500 company with $3.3 billion in revenues in 2003, The Shaw Group debuted on the magazine's "America's Most Admired Companies" list in 2004. Shaw is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and employs approximately 16,700 people at its offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Additional information on The Shaw Group is available at

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