BATON ROUGE, La., Mar 22, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SGR) today announced that its
Shaw Stone & Webster, Inc. unit has been selected by Aramco Overseas
Company and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. to provide Deep Catalytic
Cracking (DCC) technology for a grassroots High Olefin Fluid Catalytic
Cracking (HOFCC) project at Saudi Aramco's Rabigh petrochemical
complex in Saudi Arabia. DCC technology, originally developed by the
Research Institute of Petroleum Processing and Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) (the
national oil company of the People's Republic of China), is a
proprietary technology for the production of propylene and ethylene.
Shaw's Stone & Webster unit is the only licensed provider of DCC
technology outside of China.
J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw,
said, "We are very pleased that Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo have
selected Shaw and DCC technology as the cornerstone for their $4.3
billion grassroots Rabigh refining and petrochemical complex in Saudi
Arabia. We believe that DCC technology is the best solution for
producing ethylene and propylene from vacuum gas oils, from both a
cost and product efficiency standpoint. We look forward to furthering
our strategic relationship with these highly respected clients."
Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical have signed a memorandum of
understanding for the Rabigh upgrade and expansion project. This
project represents Saudi Aramco's first venture in petrochemical
processing. The Saudi Aramco-Sumitomo Rabigh project will be a fully
integrated petrochemical refinery with HOFCC producing 900,000 tons
per year of propylene and 1,300,000 tons per year ethylene.
Aramco Overseas Company is a division of Saudi Aramco, the
national oil and gas company of Saudi Arabia. Sumitomo Chemical Co.,
Ltd. is one of Japan's largest chemical companies with approximately
one-third of its sales from petrochemical products such as
polyethylene, polypropylene, elastomers and styrene monomer.
Sumitomo's diverse product range also extends to IT-related chemicals,
pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemical, and basic industrial chemicals
such as caustic soda and methanol.
The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology,
engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication,
manufacturing, consulting, remediation, and facilities management
services for energy, process, power, environmental, infrastructure and
emergency response markets. A Fortune 500 company with over $3 billion
in revenues, Shaw is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and
employs approximately 18,000 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.
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could cause actual results to differ materially from such
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Commission, including its Form 10-K and Form 10-Q reports, and on the
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SOURCE: The Shaw Group Inc.
The Shaw Group Inc., Baton Rouge
Chris D. Sammons