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Barrett Hatches Named Senior Vice President of SEMCO ENERGY

PORT HURON, Mich., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS) has named Barrett Hatches Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs, it was announced today.

Hatches had been Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs since joining the Company in 1997.

William L. Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., made the announcement.

"I am glad to see the Board recognize Barrett's contribution to the Company with this promotion," Johnson said. "He was instrumental in spearheading several important projects for SEMCO ENERGY that have helped improve the Company's competitive posture in an increasingly deregulated environment."

Hatches was Vice President of Administration for the management consulting firm of V. Robinson & Co. in Kansas City, Mo. prior to joining SEMCO ENERGY. He also previously held management positions with North American Salt Co., Missouri Gas Energy and the Santa Fe Railroad.

"It is an honor to be rewarded by the Board in this manner and I am happy to be part the senior management of this dynamic organization at a time of such tremendous opportunity," Hatches said.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy services and infrastructure company organized into two major segments: Natural gas distribution and diversified businesses.

SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY distributes natural gas to 250,000 customers in 22 counties in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Another 200 customers, chiefly commercial and industrial, are served through gas transportation services.

SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES acquires and operates businesses involved in pipeline engineering and quality assurance services, construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage businesses in Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
CONTACT: Francis Lieder of SEMCO ENERGY, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098
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