AltaGas Ltd.

AltaGas Ltd.

May 24, 2012 16:30 ET

AltaGas Ltd. Receives Final Approval From Michigan Public Service Commission for SEMCO Acquisition

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - AltaGas Ltd. ("AltaGas") (TSX:ALA) (TSX:ALA.PR.A) (TSX:ALA.R) and Continental Energy Systems LLC ("Continental") today announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission ("MPSC") approved the Settlement Agreement for AltaGas' acquisition of Semco Holding Corporation ("SEMCO").

AltaGas previously announced the proposed acquisition of SEMCO on February 1, 2012, subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals. SEMCO is the sole shareholder of SEMCO Energy Inc., a privately held regulated public utility company headquartered in Port Huron, Michigan. SEMCO indirectly holds a regulated natural gas distribution utility in Alaska through ENSTAR Natural Gas Company and an interest in a regulated natural gas storage utility in Alaska under construction called Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC. SEMCO also indirectly holds a regulated natural gas distribution utility and an interest in a natural gas storage facility in Michigan.

The process for obtaining regulatory approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is progressing with a hearing date scheduled for May 30, 2012.

Closing of the transaction is expected in third quarter 2012 after receipt of all regulatory approvals.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on renewable energy sources. For more information visit:

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