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Sebastian Coppola Named President and Chief Operating Officer Of SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES

PORT HURON, Mich., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) today announced the appointment of Sebastian Coppola as President and Chief Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, the Company's unregulated subsidiary that owns intrastate gas transmission pipelines, underground gas storage and other non-regulated assets in Michigan. The appointment is effective immediately.

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Coppola also will remain Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.

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

"Through modest investments, we currently own intrastate gas transmission pipelines and underground natural gas storage facilities in Michigan that support our distribution system," said Johnson.

"We may make prudent additional investments in transmission and storage projects that are connected to our distribution systems in Michigan and in Alaska. Bidding on and winning such projects may also enhance our engineering and construction unit, NATCOMM, by providing opportunities to design and/or build the facilities. Seb Coppola has the vision and the leadership skills to maximize the profitability of our pipeline and storage segment as it now exists and to direct its future," Johnson said.

Coppola joined SEMCO ENERGY in January 1999 after almost 24 years with MCN ENERGY GROUP, Inc. where he held a variety of management positions, including Senior Vice President of Finance.

"I look for to the added challenge of leading SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES into the next phase of development and growth," he said.

In addition to owning SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a natural gas distribution company with more than 367,000 customers combined in Michigan and Alaska. NATCOMM, Inc., the Company's Houston-based engineering and construction services company, provides gas engineering and quality assurance services, pipeline construction services. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aretech Information Services, Inc., the Company also provides information technology and outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer market.

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CONTACT: Analysts Contact: Sebastian Coppola, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 810-989-4101, or Media Contact: Francis R. Lieder, Jr., Manager of Corporate Communications and Media Relations, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, fax, 810-989-4098, email,
CAPTION: DETU032 SEMCO ENERGY SEBASTIAN COPPOLA Sebastian Coppola, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Semco Energy, Inc. and president and chief operating officer of Semco Energy Ventures. (PRNewsFoto)[AG] PORT HURON, MI USA 05/09/2001

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SEMCO Energy's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

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