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ENTECH PROMOTES MURPHY, REORGANIZES COAL DIVISION

 ENTECH PROMOTES MURPHY, REORGANIZES COAL DIVISION
 BUTTE, Mont., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- James J. Murphy, 53,


president of Entech's Western Energy Co. mining unit, will succeed Daniel T. Berube as president of Entech Inc., the Montana Power (NYSE: MTP) subsidiary comprising coal, oil, technology and waste management companies, effective Jan. 1, 1992.
 Berube, 58, was chosen in September to become Montana Power's new chief executive officer, succeeding MPC Chairman Paul Schmechel as CEO effective Jan. 1. Berube will continue as Entech's CEO in addition to his corporate CEO responsibilities. Schmechel will continue as chairman until his announced retirement on June 30, 1992, at age 65.
 Entech directors also approved a mining-division reorganization under Murphy's successor, newly designated coal division vice president Paul Gatzemeier, 41.
 "The restructuring of our mining division is intended to allow the units involved to operate in an independent fashion, relative to each other," said Berube. "There is no impact on our other business units. There will be a transition period over the next six months while we complete the details and implement the coal reorganization."
 A changing coal market, expansion of the mining operations and the need for continued focus on existing operations are all related to the reorganization, he said.
 Gatzemeier, who has been Western Energy's vice president for Montana-Wyoming operations since 1986, will have five operating units reporting to him, Murphy explained. He listed the five senior executives and subsidiary companies:
 -- Bruce Graving, 44, will be president of a newly formed marketing and business development company which will be based in Butte. Graving has been senior vice president of Northwestern Resources' Texas and Middle South Region operations.
 -- Robert Cope, 40, of Colstrip, succeeds Gatzemeier as vice president of Western Energy at the Rosebud Mine, Colstrip.
 -- Carroll Embry, 48, of Jewett, Texas, succeeds Graving as vice president of Northwestern Resources at the Jewett Mine. Northwestern becomes an independently operated company reporting directly to the coal division, rather than a Western Energy subsidiary.
 -- Earl White, 44, of Weston, Colo., moves up from vice president to president of Wyoming Fuels Co., the company which operates Entech's underground mine in Colorado.
 -- Jim Kelley, 40, of Billings, Mont., becomes president of Western Syncoal, responsible for the company's new 300,000-ton-per- year demonstration plant at Colstrip which will produce an enhanced coal product -- higher BTU, lower sulfur and lower moisture -- through a patented process.
 Montana Participacoes Limitada, operating in Brazil, will no longer be a part of the coal division, but will report directly to Murphy as Entech president.
 "What this does is reorganize our coal division into a broad-based organization entirely focused on coal and lignite mining opportunities, operations and marketing, including the sale of blended coals and our enhanced high-BTU, low-sulfur syncoal products," Berube said. "We believe it's a more efficient way to operate."
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