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SEMCO ENERGY Names Gary J. Valentz Chief Information Officer

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) today announced the appointment of Gary J. Valentz as Vice President and Chief Information Officer effective April 28, 2003. He also will be President of ARETECH Information Services, the information technology subsidiary of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., based in Marysville, MI.

Marcus Jackson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., made the announcement.

"In addition to his impressive IT background, Gary Valentz has experience in the energy field that is very valuable to SEMCO ENERGY," Jackson said. "ARETECH has established a reputation as a reliable alternative for mid-size companies choosing to outsource data gathering, data management and the associated support services. Mr. Valentz's experience with third-party outsourcing fulfills our need to support this growing list of clientele. When combined with his demonstrated managerial skills, it is clear that he will be an immediate asset to the Company's growing success."

Valentz joins SEMCO ENERGY from MSX International of Southfield, MI, where he was CIO and Director of Business Services.

Prior to joining MSX, he was CIO for the Natural Gas Group of Coastal Corporation and Vice President of Information Technology for ANR Pipeline.

Valentz has 25 years experience in information technology, starting his career as a systems analyst for NCR Corp., Dayton, Ohio, in 1978. He held management positions for Lubrizol Corp. from 1979 through 1997, when he joined Great Lakes Chemical Corp. as Director of Business Information Systems.

He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Accounting from Edinboro University and earned a Master's in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 383,000 customers combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR Natural Gas Company. It owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas 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.


"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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