North West Upgrading Begins Construction on Upgrader Project Following All Regulatory Approvals

    Voice Construction Awarded Contract for all Earthwork Operations

    CALGARY, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - North West Upgrading Inc. (North West), a
Calgary-based, privately-owned company building an independent, heavy oil
Upgrader in Alberta's Industrial Heartland, today announced the commencement
of construction on its Upgrader project in the Fort Saskatchewan/Redwater area
in central Alberta. Following receipt of required approvals from the Alberta
Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) and Alberta Environment, North West has
awarded Edmonton-based Voice Construction Ltd. the contract for earthwork
operations required for the North West Upgrader site. Site construction is
scheduled to commence in early October 2007.
    "North West is excited to be working with such a strong, locally-based
contractor as we commence construction of our bitumen Upgrader," said Robert
Pearce, President, North West Upgrading. "Voice Construction brings to the
Project a proven track record for safely meeting deadlines and budgets on
large industrial site construction projects such as the North West Upgrader."

    About North West Upgrading

    North West Upgrading Inc. is a Calgary-based, privately-owned company
committed to building an independent, heavy oil upgrader in Alberta's
Industrial Heartland. The North West Upgrader will enhance the economic value
of Alberta's bitumen and heavy oil production by producing light, low sulphur
products and diluent. The Upgrader will have a total processing capacity of
231,000 barrels per day of blended feedstock over three phases. North West
anticipates it will achieve start up for the first phase in early 2011. All
three phases are expected to be operating by 2015.

    About Voice Construction

    Voice Construction is a privately-owned Canadian construction firm
specializing in industrial site preparation and heavy construction projects.
With over 60 years in the heavy construction field, Voice has developed an
extensive equipment fleet, client base, and experience to sustain its
operations. Gold Seal Certified Project Managers, Superintendents, and
Estimators lead a dedicated core of employees to the safe and timely
completion of a variety of diverse projects.

For further information:

For further information: Shauna MacDonald, for North West Upgrading, P:
(403) 538-5645, C: (403) 585-4570,

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