Uranerz Energy Corporation

Uranerz Energy Corporation

April 12, 2007 14:53 ET

Uranerz Welcomes New Vice President of Exploration

CASPER, WYOMING--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2007) - Uranerz Energy Corporation (AMEX:URZ)(FRANKFURT:U9E) is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Kurtis Brown to the Casper, Wyoming Operations Office as the Senior Vice President of Exploration.

Mr. Brown, a 35 year veteran in the mineral extraction industry, started his uranium geology career with the OPI-Western Joint Venture in Wyoming in 1977. He managed the exploration program in the Great Divide Basin for the Joint Venture delineating over 20 million pounds of uranium resources. Mr. Brown later became the well field engineer for the OPI-Western Joint Venture at the Bison Basin commercial In-Situ Recovery ("ISR") uranium mine. He designed and supervised the construction of some 450 monitor and mining wells for the 600 gpm (gallon per minute) mining operation. Mr. Brown managed the daily operation of the well fields, and developed innovative methods for regulating flow balance, conducting well field maintenance, and performing well work-over. He also served as the designated mine site radiation safety officer.

In the mid-1980s Mr. Brown joined Malapai Resources Company (subsidiary of Arizona Public Service) working at the Willow Creek Research and Development ISR uranium test site located in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. After the successful test mine, he was transferred to Malapai's Irigaray Mine where he assisted with the start-up of the Christensen Ranch ISR commercial uranium mine performing environmental permitting and compliance duties. While with Malapai, Mr. Brown was also involved with aquifer restoration activities at the Christensen Ranch ISR mine.

Mr. Brown joined Uranerz USA, Inc. (former Uranerz Group) in 1989 to conduct detailed feasibility studies for the proposed North Butte ISR mine. His work included well field geology, reserves estimation, design and selection of surface and down hole equipment, and cost analysis for the 2000 gpm operation. He also conducted claims assessment drilling and assisted in the procurement of required state and federal mining permits. Most recently, Mr. Brown has been a consultant to Uranerz Energy Corporation providing geology services including uranium property evaluations related to acquisition efforts in the Great Divide and Powder River Basins of Wyoming.

Mr. Brown received his Bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Wyoming. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Wyoming and a Certified Safety Professional. In addition to his uranium background, he has extensive experience in coal and industrial minerals mining as well as oil and gas extraction.

With the addition of Mr. Brown to the Uranerz staff as the senior vice president of exploration, the core senior management team of the Company is firmly in place covering Exploration, ISR Mining, Plant Processing, Land, Environment & Safety, and Accounting.

Uranerz Energy Corporation is a pure-play uranium company listed on the American Stock Exchange. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of properties in the uranium sector. The Company's goal is to become a producer of uranium which will be utilized as fuel in the world's nuclear electrical generating facilities. The Company has an experienced team of mining personnel, many of whom are former officers, senior management and employees of the original Uranerz Exploration and Mining Limited and related companies (the "Uranerz Group"). This team has direct experience in licensing, designing, constructing and operating underground, open-pit and in-situ recovery uranium production facilities. The Company also has an advisory board that consists entirely of ex-Uranerz Group professionals. The Uranerz Group was acquired in 1998 by Cameco, the world's largest primary uranium producer.

Uranerz Energy Corporation has expertise in in-situ recovery mining and holds projects in Wyoming with uranium-mineralized sandstone. These Powder River Basin uranium properties are advanced, and the Company has initiated environmental licensing and mine planning for the development of two of these projects.

Uranerz also has uranium properties in Saskatchewan (Canada), Mongolia and the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming. The Canadian, Mongolian and Great Divide Basin uranium properties are in the exploration stage and Uranerz has joint ventured these projects to other companies as a means of reducing its exploration risk. These projects are operated and funded by our joint venture partners.


Glenn Catchpole, President and CEO

This Press Release may contain, in addition, to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based on management's expectations and beliefs, and involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to be materially different from the results implied herein. Key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements are:

(i) the inability of the Company to complete the acquisition of any interest in any new mineral exploration properties;

(ii) the inability of the Company to achieve the financing required to pursue the acquisition or exploration of any new mineral properties;

(iii) the inability of the Company to raise the financing necessary to conduct exploration or development of its properties;

(iv) the lack of presence of commercial mineralization on its properties; and

(v) the inability of the Company to establish commercial deposits or reserves of uranium on its properties.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements made in this Press Release.

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