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Bechtel Announces Four Initiatives for Strengthening its Presence in Quebec

Montreal, Canada - June 14, 2002 Executives from Bechtel and OPI today annoncé a four point Plan for Expanding and sustaining the presence of Their companies in Quebec, Including formation of joined engineering firm.

Riley Bechtel, chairman and CEO of Bechtel Group, Inc., Brian Kenny, President, Bechtel Canada, and Paul Lafleur, president and CEO of OPI, today Introduced oven initiatives for making long-term investment in Quebec. Pauline Marois, first deputy minister of Quebec and of state for the economy and finance, joined in the announcements, and BPR Bechtel Thanking for Their Commitment to Quebec and Officially opening Bechtel's new offices in the Complexe Les Ailes, a Montreal landmark building.

The four-item level annoncé by the Bechtel and BPR executives includes establishment of a BPR-Bechtel joined company, relocation of Bechtel's North American mining and metals headquarters from Denver to Montreal, establishment of Bechtel Global's Aluminum Center of Excellence in Montreal, and the appointment of aluminum business leader Emery LeBlanc to the boards of Bechtel Bechtel Quebec and Canada.

The new company, BPR-Bechtel, Will Be Equally owned by the two partner firms and Will focus on the aluminum and heavy-industry Sectors. Lafleur Said he emploi Expects to grow by about 650 over A Few years, from 350 to 1,000, based in Montreal Mainly goal aussi in OPI's Saguenay, Alma, and Quebec City offices. "By-combining our experience and familiarity with the Quebec industrial sector and Provençal track record in plant engineering," Said he, "with the world-renowned expertise of Bechtel, a giant in engineering and construction, BPR-Bechtel Will Be in a position to offer a unique service to major customers in Quebec and Abroad. "

In Announcing the establishment here of Bechtel's North American mining and metals headquarters and Aluminum Center of Excellence, Riley Bechtel Said Montreal Will Be the execution hub for North American mining and metals projects and the basis for executing wide aluminum projects worldwide. Two key Reasons for choosing Montreal 'cited he got home for thesis operations are Quebec's great business climate and Its stature in the world aluminum market. "Today, more than ever," Said he, "this is a great place to do business for Bechtel. Montreal HAS deep pool of talented professional workers, and em It offers a quality of life second to none. Business costs are competitive and Growing the economy is. Quebec is a world center for aluminum and metal products manufacturing. And Montreal's international focus Offers the potential for export business That can Benefit the local engineering firms, suppliers, and manufacturers Who work with us. "

Kenny annoncé That in Reviews another move to sharpen compétitivité icts in the aluminum market, Bechtel HAS Appointed Emery LeBlanc, retired president of Alcan's Primary Metal Group, to the boards of Bechtel Bechtel Canada and Quebec. Calling him "a preeminent Quebecois, a highly Respected Montreal businessman and aluminum industry expert year of global stature," Kenny Said LeBlanc Will serve "in the role of director of our companies and highly valued mentor and counselor."
Riley Bechtel Said That while Bechtel's reputation in Quebec is Closely tied to the aluminum business, the company Believes he can play significant role in helping Quebec year --other Develop Sectors of economy ict, Including power generation, civil infrastructure, petrochemicals, and telecommunications. He aussi MENTIONED Bechtel's extensive experience in teaming with business and government to arrange project financing and in forging Successful public-private partnerships. "We're Interested in Contributing our expertise in Any Way That makes sense to Maintain Quebec's Economic momentum," he said.

Bechtel Said he Expects work Associated with today's initiatives to boost emploi in Bechtel's Montreal office from 150 to about 700 over the next Few years, All which, When Added to the 650 positions BPR-Bechtel Expects to create, Brings the total number of potential new jobs to 1,200.
Bechtel Group, Inc. is one of the world's first engineering, construction, and project management companies, with 1,000 current projects in more than 60 Countries and a workforce of 50,000. Bechtel HAS Played important role in the industrial development and economic growth of Quebec since 1960 year COMPLETING wide-range of projects, Including world-class aluminum smelters and the massive James Bay hydroelectric project.Bechtel's experience in Canada dates to 1949 and includes major mining and metallurgical plants, refineries, petrochemical plants, pipelines, pulp and paper mills, and hydro projects. Bechtel has-been family-led and privately held since founding in 1898 ict.

OPI is one of the MOST renowned engineering firms in Quebec. Founded in 1961, it has staff of more EMPLOYEES than 1,000 people in 12 offices and local Each one in France and the United States. Offers integrated BPR and Specialized consulting and management services in the fields of urban hydrology, wastewater and drinking water treatment, environment and rural engineering, transportation, telecommunications, chemicals and petrochemicals, mining and metallurgy, pulp and paper, electricity, instrumentation, and mechanical and civil engineering. For more information on BPR, visit www.groupe-bpr.com.

Bechtel announced four initiatives to strengthen its presence in Quebec

Representatives of management and BPR Bechtel Group today announced the launch of a plan consisting of four steps to expand and strengthen the presence of their companies in Quebec, including the creation of a joint venture engineering firm.

Riley Bechtel, chairman and CEO of Bechtel Group, Inc., Brian Kenny, president of Bechtel Canada, Paul Lafleur, President and CEO of OPI, today introduced four investment long-term initiatives Quebec. Pauline Marois, Deputy Premier of Quebec and Minister of State for Economy and Finance, also took the floor to thank BPR Bechtel and their commitment to Quebec. She then proceeded to the official opening of the new offices of Bechtel at Complexe Les Ailes, a newcomer among the great buildings of Montreal.

The four initiatives announced by the representatives of management and BPR Bechtel include the creation by the two partners in a joint venture firm, moving from Denver to Montreal North American head of mining and metallurgical activities of Bechtel, the installation of Montreal's Centre for Excellence in the global aluminum and the appointment of a personality from the aluminum sector, Emery LeBlanc, the boards of directors of Bechtel Bechtel Quebec and Canada.

The new company, BPR-Bechtel will also be owned by the two partner companies and will focus in the areas of aluminum and heavy industry. Mr. Lafleur, for his part, said he planned to employ about 650 people over the next few years, which would increase from 350 to 1000 the number of employees, mainly in Montreal but also in offices BPR Saguenay, Alma and Quebec. "By combining our experience, extensive knowledge of the Quebec industry and our achievements in industrial technology with world-class expertise of Bechtel, a global giant in the field of engineering and construction, has he said, BPR- Bechtel will be in a position to offer a unique service to major customers in Quebec and elsewhere. "

Announcing the establishment here of the North American head of mining and metallurgical activities and the Centre of Excellence for aluminum, Riley Bechtel described Montreal as the North American hub of mining and metallurgical projects and basic execution projects of large-scale aluminum Bechtel for the whole world. The two main reasons cited for choosing Montreal as a base of operation are excellent business climate in Quebec as well as its global position on the board of the aluminum market. "Now more than ever, he said, Quebec is a great place to do business for Bechtel. Montreal is full of competent professionals and offers a quality of life second to none. Operating costs are competitive and growing economy. Quebec is a world center for the production of aluminum and the metal industry. In addition, the international opening of Montreal offers export opportunities that can benefit local engineering firms and manufacturers to work with us. "

As part of another measure to strengthen the competitive advantage of the company in the aluminum sector, Mr Kenny announced the appointment of Emery LeBlanc, retired president of Alcan Primary Metal Group, to boards of Bechtel Bechtel Canada and Quebec. Designating Mr. LeBlanc as "a great Quebecer, a Montreal businessman and a respected t ery global aluminum industry expert," Mr Kenny announced that Mr. LeBlanc would "as an director of our businesses and valuable mentor and advisor. "

Riley Bechtel said that although the image of Bechtel Quebec is mostly associated with the aluminum industry, he is convinced that the company has an important role to play in the development of other sectors of the Quebec economy, including the production of energy, civil engineering, petrochemical and telecommunications.He also mentions the extensive experience gained Bechtel has to work collaboratively with businesses and governments to finance projects and the establishment of successful public-private sector partnerships.

"We are ready to provide our expertise in any way to contribute to the economic momentum of Quebec," Mr. Bechtel also said that expects the number of employees in the office of Bechtel to Montreal from 150 to 700 within the next year because of the work associated with the initiatives announced today. If we add the 650 jobs announced by BPR-Bechtel, we get a total of about 1,200 potential new jobs.

With 1000 projects currently underway in more than 60 countries and a workforce of 50,000 people, Bechtel is figure world leader among companies in engineering, construction and project management. Bechtel has played a significant role in the industrial development and economic growth in Quebec since 1960 are providing a wide range of projects which include the construction of world-class aluminum or the huge hydroelectric project in James Bay. As for the presence of Bechtel in Canada, it dates back to 1949 and includes mining plant projects, metallurgical and petrochemical, pipelines, pulp and paper and large-scale hydroelectric projects. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel is a privately owned family run. For more information about Bechtel, visit the websitewww.bechtel.com .

OPI is one of the engineering firms the most famous of Quebec. Founded in 1961, it employs more than 1,000 people in 12 provincial offices, plus one in France and the United States. OPI offers a full range of specialized services consulting engineering and management in the areas of urban hydrology, wastewater treatment and drinking water production, agricultural engineering and the environment, transport, telecommunications, chemicals and petrochemicals, mining and metallurgy, pulp and paper, electrical, instrumentation and mechanical and civil engineering. For more information about OPI, visit the website www.groupe-bpr.com .