North West Upgrading Enhances Senior Leadership Team

    Company Hires Vice President of Supply Chain Management

    CALGARY, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - North West Upgrading (North West), a
Calgary-based, privately-owned company building an independent, heavy oil
Upgrader in Sturgeon County, Alberta, today announced the appointment of Mr.
Brian M. Cook as Vice President of Supply Chain Management.
    Mr. Cook joins North West with more than 35 years experience as a senior
supply chain executive. He has substantial capital projects experience in the
oil and gas industry as well as significant oil sands expertise and
international experience. Prior to joining North West, he held significant
supply chain management roles for projects including Shell AOSP, CNRL Horizon,
and the Synenco Northern Lights Project.
    "We are pleased to welcome such a seasoned individual to our team," said
Gary Vassie, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, North West
Upgrading. "Brian brings to North West an extensive and impressive industry
background and will certainly add strength to one of the lifelines of
successful project execution - supply chain management."

    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 2011. All three
phases are expected to be operating by 2015.

For further information:

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

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