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October 31, 2005 17:30 ET

Cameco Announces Bruce Restructuring is Complete

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 31, 2005) - Cameco Corporation (TSX:CCO) (NYSE:CCJ) confirmed today that the Bruce Power restructuring, announced on October 17, 2005, has been completed.

Cameco maintains its existing 31.6% interest in the Bruce Power Limited Partnership (BPLP) which is responsible for the overall management of the site and holds a 31.6% beneficial interest in the four Bruce B reactors. However, Cameco no longer holds an interest in the four Bruce A reactors and will not invest in the planned $4.25 billion program to increase their output.

As part of the restructuring, BPLP paid a distribution to its limited partners. Cameco's share is $200 million. As previously announced, the restructuring will result in Cameco recording a loss of $63 million (Cameco's share after tax) subject to closing adjustments which may increase or decrease the amount. The loss will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Cameco will continue to be the fuel procurement manager for the Bruce A and B units but will no longer have obligations to procure or supply uranium concentrates to the Bruce A reactors.

Cameco, with its head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the world's largest uranium producer. The company's uranium products are used to generate electricity in nuclear energy plants around the world, providing one of the cleanest sources of energy available today. Cameco's shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Statements contained in this news release which are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such differences, without limiting the generality of the following, include: volatility and sensitivity to market prices for uranium, electricity in Ontario and gold; the impact of the sales volume of uranium, conversion services, electricity generated and gold; competition; the impact of change in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; imprecision in reserve estimates; environmental and safety risks including increased regulatory burdens; unexpected geological or hydrological conditions; political risks arising from operating in certain developing countries; a possible deterioration in political support for nuclear energy; changes in government regulations and policies, including trade laws and policies; demand for nuclear power; replacement of production and failure to obtain necessary permits and approvals from government authorities; legislative and regulatory initiatives regarding deregulation, regulation or restructuring of the electric utility industry in Ontario; Ontario electricity rate regulations; weather and other natural phenomena; ability to maintain and further improve positive labour relations; operating performance of the facilities; success of planned development projects; and other development and operating risks.

Although Cameco believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this report. Cameco disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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