Enerchem International Inc. appoints director


    (TSX - ECH)

    CALGARY, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Enerchem International Inc. announces that it
has appointed Gordon Hoy of Calgary, Alberta as a director of the Corporation.
Mr. Hoy is a professional engineer who also holds an MBA and is a chartered
financial analyst. Over his 30 year career, Mr. Hoy has held various
positions, including a number of senior executive positions, with a number of
public and private companies, primarily in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Hoy
is presently the Chief Operating Officer of Quadrise Canada Corporation, a
private company engaged in the development of a proprietary emulsified
hydrocarbon fuel.
    Mr. Larry Phillips, Chairman of Enerchem International Inc., said, "Mr.
Hoy's years of management and operational experience make him a great addition
to our Board of Directors and we look forward to his contributions to the
Corporation."
    Mr. Hoy's experience includes positions with TriQuest Energy Corp.,
Landin Resources Ltd., Inland Gas & Oil Ltd. and Northwestern Utilities.

    Enerchem International Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of
hydrocarbon drilling and fracturing fluids designed to provide cost effective
solutions to the upstream oil and gas industry and specialty solvents to help
resolve production and processing problems to the downstream producers. The
Company also provides energy marketing services and, through its wholly-owned
subsidiary company, Millard Trucking Ltd., provides fluid transportation and
other related oilfield services. The Company's common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "ECH".

    THE TSX HAS NEITHER APPROVED NOR DISAPPROVED THE INFORMATION CONTAINED
    HEREIN.ENERCHEM INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Per:
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          Douglas F. Robinson
          President and CEO
For further information: Mr. Douglas F. Robinson, President and CEO,
Telephone: (403) 269-1500, Fax. (403) 269-1559, E-mail drobinson@enerchem.com;
or Mr. Brian Zubach, Chief Financial Officer, Telephone: (780) 980-1682, Fax.
(780) 980-2610, E-mail bzubach@enerchem.com