The Louis Berger Group and Black & Veatch Joint Venture Awarded Contract for Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program; Joint Venture Begins Work on USAID Program

WASHINGTON--()--Sept. 19, 2006--The Louis Berger Group, Inc. and Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. Joint Venture (JV) has been awarded the five-year, $1.4 billion Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (AIRP) contract by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The AIRP work, expanding and rehabilitating critical infrastructure, will benefit the government and people of Afghanistan through the rehabilitation and construction of critical energy, transportation and water infrastructure in the country. These improvements will be anchored through long-term technical, operational and regulatory assistance to the ministries and agencies that operate and maintain the infrastructure, including training, mentoring and multi-country exchange programs that transfer global best practices to Afghanistan utilities.

"The people of Afghanistan will directly benefit as a result of this new five-year reconstruction activity. Afghan companies will be strengthened and local jobs created. As Berger completes USAID's first five-year infrastructure program in Afghanistan, we are proud to have been selected with our joint-venture partner for the new, second five- year phase," said Larry Walker, Berger's Group Vice President.

The JV will first focus on rehabilitating power transmission networks and power generation capacity, as well as rehabilitating and extending roads in the country. Later work is expected to focus on urban development, water and sanitation infrastructure, in addition to making public building improvements.

"In working with USAID to make power and water supplies more reliable, and by improving the roads that allow effective trade, we can help create the conditions for stronger industry, commerce and economic independence in Afghanistan," said Joe McGonagle, President of Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. "It also represents an important step for Black & Veatch as we continue to expand our support to the U.S. Government globally in vital reconstruction and institutional strengthening projects."

The Louis Berger Group and Black & Veatch have played key roles on successful USAID global efforts for more than 40 years.

About The Louis Berger Group

The Louis Berger Group, Inc. is a global leader in engineering consulting. Berger's missions are to: develop infrastructure to improve peoples' lives; preserve and enhance the environment; and reduce poverty to spur sustainable economic development. Berger has the largest transportation practice among top-ranked independent international architect/engineering services firms. In December 2001 Berger was the first U.S. contractor to fully engage in Afghanistan. Berger is the world's leading provider of infrastructure and capacity building in developing countries. Since its founding, Berger has focused its core practice on the program delivery of infrastructure and ministry capacity building. The multicultural staff of Berger operates from offices across the United States and around the world. Berger's solutions reflect local conditions and the use of state-of-the-art technology. The company's web site is www.louisberger.com.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting, construction, design build, and program management company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, information and government market sectors. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients' needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions include conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting services. The employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked on the Forbes "500 Largest Private Companies in the United States" listing. The company's Web site address is www.bv.com.

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Black & Veatch
George Minter, 913-458-8001
minterga@bv.com
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Louis Berger Group
Tom Nicastro, Ph.D., 202-912-0200

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Contacts

Black & Veatch
George Minter, 913-458-8001
minterga@bv.com
or
Louis Berger Group
Tom Nicastro, Ph.D., 202-912-0200