Ivanhoe Energy Appoints Chief Technology Officer

    Dr. Michael Silverman Promoted to Key Role as Ivanhoe Energy Prepares for
    Commercial Deployment of HTL(TM) Heavy Oil Upgrading

    BAKERSFIELD, CA, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Ivanhoe Energy (NASDAQ:   IVAN and TSX:
IE) President and CEO Joe Gasca, is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael
Silverman has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and
Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for all technical and
engineering aspects of Ivanhoe Energy's proprietary HTL(TM) heavy oil
upgrading process. Dr. Silverman's promotion to this important role is being
made at a key time for Ivanhoe Energy as the company intensifies its efforts
to secure a heavy oil resource in the Athabasca region of Western Canada,
along with other business development activities.
    Dr. Silverman joined Ivanhoe Energy as Vice President, Technology in May
2007 from KBR, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas (formerly known as
Kellogg Brown and Root and recently spun off from Halliburton). He will
succeed Dr. Robert Graham as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Graham, co-inventor
of the HTL technology and member of Ivanhoe Energy's Board of Directors,
assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer in March 2007, primarily to
oversee the development of Ivanhoe Energy's technical team in preparation for
full-scale commercial operations. The appointment of Dr. Silverman as Chief
Technology Officer allows Dr. Graham to complete his term ahead of schedule.
    Dr. Graham said, "Mike Silverman has hit the ground running. He has a
strong technical background and experience base in commercializing new process
technologies and has particular expertise with Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC),
a close parallel to our HTL process, and one that is used in refineries
worldwide. In addition to his solid technical capabilities, Mike is doing an
excellent job of leading the discussions with our key engineering contractors
as we move forward through the engineering and design of our full-scale
commercial facilities."
    Joe Gasca, Ivanhoe Energy President and CEO, said, "Mike Silverman has
quickly demonstrated his ability to take control of the technical aspects of
our proprietary HTL process and to lead discussions with our engineering
contractors. His expertise has been recognized by our industry partners, as
well as by our engineering and financial partners, and gives us confidence as
we move forward with plans to execute our first commercial HTL project. We
were fortunate that Bob Graham was able to dedicate his time to build the
go-forward technical team in preparation for the next phase of the HTL
deployment. We thank Dr. Graham for his efforts and are pleased that he will
remain intimately involved with the commercialization of the technology
through his participation on Ivanhoe Energy's Board of Directors."

    Ivanhoe Energy is an independent international heavy oil development and
production company focused on pursuing long-term growth in its reserves and
production using advanced technologies, including its proprietary heavy oil
upgrading process (HTL(TM)). Core operations are in the United States and
China, with business development opportunities worldwide. Ivanhoe Energy
trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market with the ticker symbol IVAN and on the
Toronto Stock Exchange with the symbol IE.


    This document includes forward-looking statements, including
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not
limited to, statements concerning the potential benefits of Ivanhoe Energy's
heavy oil upgrading technology, the potential for, and timing of, its
commercialization and other statements which are not historical facts. When
used in this document, the words such as "could," "plan," "estimate,"
"expect," "intend," "may," "potential," "should," and similar expressions
relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking
statements. Although Ivanhoe Energy believes that its expectations reflected
in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve
risks and uncertainties and no assurance can be given that actual results will
be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Important factors that
could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements
include the potential that the HTL process to upgrade petroleum may not be
commercially viable, Ivanhoe Energy's lack of history in developing commercial
HTL opportunities, the inability to secure an appropriate heavy oil resource
in Western Canada or elsewhere, competition and other risks disclosed in
Ivanhoe Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission on EDGAR and the Canadian Securities Commissions on SEDAR.

For further information:

For further information: Information Contact: Cindy Burnett, (604)
331-9830; Website: www.ivanhoeenergy.com

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