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Layne Christensen's Geoconstruction Division Awarded $20.7 Million Contract

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") announced today that Costa Fortuna S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Layne which operates as part of the Geoconstruction division, received a contract to perform specialized foundation construction work, including driving steel pipe for a pier and nautical support (jack-up barge), in connection with the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Punto Sayago, Uruguay.  

Work on the project is scheduled to commence in March 2014 and should be completed in approximately one year. The contract has an estimated value to Layne of approximately $20.7 million.

The construction of this LNG terminal is part of a larger endeavor by the government of Uruguay to position the country as a regional energy exporter.

Rene Robichaud, President and CEO of Layne, said, "We are honored to assist Uruguay as it advances towards this important national energy project. Costa Fortuna has successfully completed a wide range of projects in this industry, and we are confident in our ability to deliver results in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner." 

Mr. Robichaud concluded, "We are also pleased with the improving outlook at our Geoconstruction division, which, over the last four months, has announced over $100 million of new contracts in the United States and Uruguay."

Layne Christensen Company

Layne is a global water management, construction and drilling company, providing responsible solutions to the world of essential natural resources — water, mineral and energy. We offer innovative, sustainable products and services with an enduring commitment to safety, excellence, and integrity.

Forward-Looking Statements  

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements of plans and objectives, statements of future economic performance and statements of assumptions underlying such statements, and statements of management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "should," "intended," "continue," "believe," "may," "hope," "anticipate," "goal," "forecast," "plan," "estimate" and similar words or phrases. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including but not limited to: the outcome of the ongoing internal investigation into, among other things, the legality, under the FCPA and local laws, of certain payments to agents and other third parties interacting with government officials in certain countries in Africa relating to the payment of taxes and the importing of equipment (including any government enforcement action which could arise out of the matters under review or that the matters under review may have resulted in a higher dollar amount of payments or may have a greater financial or business impact than management currently anticipates), prevailing prices for various commodities, unanticipated slowdowns in the Company's major markets, the availability of credit, the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the construction industry, the impact of competition, the effectiveness of operational changes expected to increase efficiency and productivity, worldwide economic and political conditions and foreign currency fluctuations that may affect worldwide results of operations. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially and adversely from those anticipated, estimated or projected. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this filing, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Layne Christensen Company
         Jim Easter
         Chief Financial Officer
         281-475-2694
         jim.easter@layne.com	

         Jenny Caulk
         Director of Communications
         281-475-2621
         jenny.caulk@layne.com 	

         The Equity Group Inc.
         Devin Sullivan
         Sr. Vice President
         212-836-9608	
         dsullivan@equityny.com 

         Thomas Mei
         Associate
         212-836-9614
         tmei@equityny.com

Layne Christensen Company

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