North American Energy Partners Inc.

North American Energy Partners Inc.

March 25, 2008 18:48 ET

North American Energy Partners Appoints VP Major Mining Developments

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - North American Energy Partners Inc. ("NAEP" or "the Company") (TSX:NOA)(NYSE:NOA) today announced the appointment of Chris Yellowega to the newly created position of VP, Major Mining Developments. Mr.Yellowega will be responsible for leading NAEP's involvement in major upcoming oil sands mining projects.

Mr. Yellowega most recently served as VP, Upstream Operations with Synenco Energy Inc., where he played a key leadership role in planning the design and execution of a major oil sands mining development. Before that, he worked in progressively senior roles with Albian Sands Energy, where he gained extensive operational experience in both mining and upgrading, including the development and execution of contracting and operational strategies.

"We are delighted to welcome Chris to NAEP," said Rod Ruston, President and CEO of NAEP. "With his extensive oil sands experience and vast operational knowledge, Chris is the ideal candidate to guide our involvement in the major new oil sands projects coming online. Under his leadership, we expect our well recognized mining capability will be utilized by customers over a wider range of projects in the region."

Mr. Yellowega assumes his new responsibilities effective April 1, 2008.

About the Company

North American Energy Partners Inc. ( is one of the largest providers of heavy construction, mining, piling and pipeline services in Western Canada. For more than 50 years, NAEP has provided mining and construction services to large oil, natural gas and resource companies, with a principal focus on the Canadian Oil Sands. The company maintains one of the largest independently owned equipment fleets in the region.

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Contact Information

  • North American Energy Partners Inc.
    Kevin Rowand
    Investor Relations, Manager
    (780) 960-4531
    (780) 960-7103 (FAX)