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Aecon awarded $85 million contract for Vale Clean AER Project

Aug 2, 2012

Sudbury, ON – August 2, 2012: Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) announced today that it has been awarded an $85 million contract for site preparation and foundation construction for the Vale Clean AER (Atmospheric Emissions Reduction) Project in Sudbury.

Aecon’s contract is the first phase of this project, and includes construction of reinforced concrete foundations, pipe rack foundation and site preparation work for the process plant. Work also includes detailed excavation and backfill for these structures.

Overall, the Vale Clean AER project will involve a complete retrofit of Vale's smelter converter aisle, the construction of a new secondary baghouse and wet gas cleaning plant, a second acid plant, and new material handling facilities to better prevent dust from entering the community.   The smelter will continue to operate for the duration of the project.

The Vale Clean AER Project will see sulphur dioxide emissions at Vale's smelter in Sudbury reduced by 70 per cent from current levels, as well as dust and metals emissions reduced a further 35 to 40 per cent.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

“Aecon looks forward to bringing our heavy civil expertise to this sustainable mining project for Vale,” said Teri McKibbon, Aecon’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are pleased to have a part in this environmentally innovative project for the Greater Sudbury area.”

Aecon Group Inc. is a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure development providing integrated turnkey services to private and public sector clients.  Aecon is pleased to be consistently recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada.