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									                                                             Parsons Brinckerhoff

                                                         PRESS RELEASE
13 February 2008


Parsons Brinckerhoff’s ambitious plans for expansion in the South African market have been
bolstered by the appointment of a new Managing Director for the region.

Gavin Young brings extensive experience in mineral resources processing and manufacturing at a
time when the company is expanding its resources and industry capabilities in South Africa. Under
his leadership, PB will expand its South African footprint into the resources, industrial and
environmental sectors by building on PB Power’s substantial reputation in the power sector. The
company is heavily involved in upgrading the generation capacity of the region’s electricity utilities,
including its role on the Medupi 6 x 800 MW supercritical coal-fired power station, the world’s
largest thermal power generation project under construction.

Before joining PB, Young was MD for South Africa with chemicals company Johnson Matthey plc,
where he also oversaw the successful and sustainable growth of the company. Earlier in his career
he managed the operations of the world’s largest gold refinery, for Rand Refinery Ltd, before
moving to a post as Vice-President of Operations for a precious metals corporation in Canada.

He reports to Greg Ayres, Managing Director for PB’s Europe Africa operation, who welcomed his
appointment saying: “With experience of developing and implementing growth strategies and
deploying appropriate resources to develop new markets, Gavin is ideally placed to lead the South
African business and take it forward as we expand our services there.”

Young took up his post at the start of February 2008, following the retirement of the previous MD,
Andrew Pringle. He will be based at the PB office in Craighall (Johannesburg).

Although born in Sydney, he has lived mainly in South Africa, with two to three-year stints in
Canada, the UK and the US during his career. He graduated from the University of the
Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1985 with a BSc in Chemical Engineering, and in 2004
completed an MBA in Project Management at Henley Management College, UK. He is a member
of the South African Council of Professional Engineers and the South African Institute of Chemical
PB has worked in the region since the 1920s, when it electrified over 170 miles of mainline railway
in South Africa. Current projects in Africa include:

•   Ethiopia-Djibouti power interconnection project – 300 km at 230 kV.
•   First major independent power plant in Nigeria, 685 MW capacity.
•   Namibia-Zambia HVDC transmission interconnector.
•   Kariba North Bank hydroelectric power station rehabilitation project.
•   Morupule-Phokoje 400 kV transmission line in Botswana.
•   Beira and Cabo del Gado electrification projects in Mozambique.


Note to Editors:      PB (Parsons Brinckerhoff) is a global leader in developing and operating
infrastructure around the world, with some 11,500 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of
clients and communities across Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and the
Australia-Pacific region. Clients come to PB for a wide range of advice, skills and resources in
strategic consulting, programme management, planning, engineering, construction management
and operations. For over a century PB has earned a distinguished reputation for delivering world-
class infrastructure and its technical expertise in transportation, power, community development,
water and the environment.

Photograph: a jpeg file is available on request.

For further information please contact:
Maria Laffey, Marketing Communications Manager, Power.
Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd. Tel: 44-191-226-2565. E-mail:

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