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SEMCO ENERGY Announces Sale of $30 Million Senior Notes

FARMINGTON Hills, Mich., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) today announced the successful offering of $30 million, 6.49% unsecured Senior Notes due October 1, 2009. McDonald Investments Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc. underwrote the offering.

The proceeds from the sale of the Senior Notes will be used to redeem $30 million, 6.83% Senior Notes, which mature October 1, 2002.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that distributes natural gas to more than 377,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska. It also owns and operates businesses involved in pipeline construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States. In addition, it provides information technology and outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer market.

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CONTACT: Analysts Contact: Thomas Connelly, Director of Investor Relations, +1-248-702-6240, or Media Contact: Francis R. Lieder, Manager of Media Relations, +1-810-987-2200, Ext. 4186, Fax: +1-810-989-4098, or E-mail: , both of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.

"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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