SOURCE: Willbros Group, Inc.

Willbros Group, Inc.

February 08, 2010 19:56 ET

Ed Wiegele Named President of Willbros Engineering

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - February 8, 2010) - Willbros Group, Inc. (NYSE: WG) announced today the appointment of Edward J. Wiegele to President of Willbros Engineering, the company's operating unit that provides engineering, maintenance and integrity services to the U.S. pipeline industry.

Wiegele served as Vice President, Willbros Engineering, managing the Kansas City office and serving as the executive sponsor of the Willbros Manage and Maintain service offering. A recognized expert in the field of pipeline integrity and GIS services, Wiegele has broad industry experience spanning 27 years, having completed assignments with major operating companies and a global energy services provider prior to joining Willbros in 2007.

Randy Harl, President and CEO of Willbros, commented on Wiegele's appointment, "Ed Wiegele has the right combination of entrepreneurial enthusiasm and industry experience to lead our engineering business to new levels of performance and support for our customers in this challenging environment. We are pleased to have an executive of his caliber to lead our upstream engineering unit and know that we will see positive results for our customers and for the company."

Willbros Engineering provides program management, project management, engineering and design services including pipeline maintenance and integrity services to pipeline transmission and storage customers worldwide from offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Missouri and Houston, Texas.

Willbros Group, Inc. is an independent contractor serving the oil, gas, power, refining and petrochemical industries, providing engineering, construction, turnaround, maintenance, life cycle extension services and facilities development and operations services to industry and government entities worldwide. For more information on Willbros, please visit our web site at

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events or developments the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including the potential for investigations; additional disruptions to the global credit markets; the current global recession; fines and penalties by government agencies; the identification of one or more other issues that require restatement of one or more prior period financial statements; the existence of material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting; availability of quality management; availability and terms of capital; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations; ability to introduce new services to the markets served; ability to remain in compliance with, or obtain waivers under, the Company's loan agreements and indentures; the promulgation, application, and interpretation of environmental laws and regulations; future E&P capital expenditures; oil, gas, gas liquids, and power prices and demand, the amount and location of planned pipelines, the refinery crack spread and planned refinery outages and upgrades, the effective tax rate of the different countries where the work is being conducted, development trends of the oil, gas, power, refining and petrochemical industries; changes in the political and economic environment of the countries in which the Company has operations, as well as other risk factors described from time to time in the Company's documents and reports filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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