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Technip targets Chemicals and Power with Stone & Webster

Shaw to sell Energy & Chemicals Group (mostly Stone & Webster) to Technip 

On May 21st, 2012, The Shaw Group Inc (Shaw) and Technip announced to have closed a deal to the US based Energy & Chemicals Division, mostly made of Stone & Webster, to the France headquartered engineering company Technip for approximately $300 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, Technip will acquire substantially all of the business of the Energy & Chemicals Group for approximately $300 million in cash consideration, subject to adjustment based on the Energy & Chemicals Group’s debt and working capital levels at closing.

Shaw will retain Energy & Chemicals Group personnel in its Baton Rouge office, USA, which will be integrated into the company’s Plant Services Division, as well as Shaw Consulting International Inc., which will be incorporated into Shaw’s Environmental & Infrastructure Group.

Shaw also will retain its Toronto-based, Canada, operations and is reviewing options regarding future plans for this office

Additionally, Shaw will maintain its obligations under an engineering, procurement and construction contract associated with a large ethylene plant in southeast Asia that is now approximately 98 percent complete.

Shaw and Technip also have agreed to work toward developing future business relationships involving Shaw’s core business units.

For Shaw, this divestiture creates the greatest value for the shareholders, while allowing to pursue additional opportunities for growth in its primary targeted industries.

Shaw will continue to focus on growing its Market Leadership positions in its core business lines and ensuring excellence and consistency across all operations.

As part of the Energy & Chemicals business:

 – One of Shaw’s core proprietary process technologies is ethylene and its co-product, propylene

 – Badger Licensing LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between affiliates of The Shaw Group Inc. and ExxonMobil Chemical Co., offers premier proprietary technologies in the styrenics and phenolics petrochemical chains.

The divestiture is targeted to be completed in Shaw’s fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Technip to look at Downstream and prepare next steps

From Technip perspective, this Stone & Webster acquisition will consolidate its Market Leadership in the engineering activities in many ways to:

 – Enhance its position as downstream technology provider with licenses in refining andpetrochemicals, see details below

 – Increase technology portfolio and revenues in Onshore and Offshore markets, especially in USA and UK.

 – Benefit from the tightened Stone & Webster relationships with key customers

 – Open new markets especially in USA where the Downstream activities will be boosted by the cheap shale gas feedstock

 – Integrate new expertise in power generation including nuclear

 – Add 1200 skilled engineers, researchers and projects specialists

Technip takes over the Stone & Webster process technologies and the associated oil and gas engineering capabilities from Shaw.

The acquired Shaw Energy & Chemicals activities are located in:

 – Houston, Texas, USA

 – Cambridge and Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA

 – Milton Keynes in UK

 – Numbai in India

So even if this acquisition may look modest financially ($300 million) at the scale of Technip

Stone & Webster in brief

In 2000, Stone & Webster was bought at auction by The Shaw Group for US$150 million.

Renamed as The Shaw Energy and Chemicals division, Shaw redefined the new business model of the Energy & Chemicals division to compete with other engineering companies such as Bechtel, Fluor, Foster Wheeler, Jacobs, JGC and Technip.

Since the Shaw buyout the Power group has done record business in engineering and construction of coal-fired power plants and power plant environmental control retrofits.

Due to Shaw‘s alliance with Westinghouse, the current incarnation of Stone & Webster is once again very active in the developing nuclear power industry.

In 2002, it won a contract for managing a construction project for gas works for the Adma-Opco in UAE.

Within Shaw, Stone & Webster contribution to the revenue was of over $3.3 billion.

The Stone & Webster subsidiary retained 5,000 employees, working on construction and engineering projects, hazardous waste management, and environmental services across the world.

In 2008, ENR ranked Stone & Webster as a Shaw Group subsidiary as:

 – 1st by Revenue for Power EPC

 – 5th by Revenue in Process & Petrochemical EPC.

Shaw in brief

The Shaw Group Inc. (Shaw) is a leading global provider of engineering, construction, technology, fabrication, remediation and support services for clients in the energy, chemicals, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response industries.

A Fortune 500 company with fiscal year 2011 annual revenues of $5.9 billion, Shaw has approximately 27,000 employees around the world and is a power sector industry leader according to Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.

Technip in brief

Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry.

From the deepest Subsea oil & gas developments to the largest and most complex Offshore and Onshore infrastructures, 30,000 people are constantly offering the best solutions and most innovative technologies to meet the world’s energy challenges.

Present in 48 countries,Technip has state-of-the-art industrial assets on all continents and operates a fleet of specialized pipelay vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

The Stone & Webster acquisition from Shaw may look modest financially ($300 million) at the scale of Technip, but it provides Technip with a unique access to the downstream booming market in USA from shale gas and new expertise in power generation including nuclear preparing ground for further strategic move.

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