Benchmark adds new Directors Trading Symbol: BEE: TSXV



    VANCOUVER, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Benchmark Energy Corp. (the
 "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jean-Michel Rebilly
 and Mr. Brent D. Kinney to its Board of Directors.
     Mr. Jean-Michel Rebilly served as President and CEO of Geopetrol SA, a
 French oil and gas Company with operating oil fields in France until 2004.
 Mr. Rebilly is a co-founder and current director of Geopetrol International
 Inc., a private oil and gas Company with operations in India, Vietnam and
 Myanmar. Geopetrol International Inc. subscribed for 25% of the Company's
 recent financing and as a result control over 10% of the Company's current
 issued shares.
     Mr. Brent D. Kinney holds a BA in Geology and a Law degree from the
 University of Manitoba. He was a partner with one of Calgary's leading law
 firms until 1991 when he moved to Doha, Qatar to advise the Minister of Energy
 on petroleum matters. Mr. Kinney currently works as an independent consultant
 in Dubai advising governments and international oil Companies. He is currently
 a director of a multi-billion dollar international petroleum company, Husky
 Energy Inc. (TSX: HSE) as well as Dragon Oil plc. (LSE: DGO) and is the
 Executive Chairman of Sky petroleum Inc.(OTCBB:SKPI).
     The Company also announces the resignation of Mr. D. Barry Lee from the
 board of directors. The board wishes to thank Barry Lee for his past
 contributions as a director of the corporation.
 
     ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
     OF BENCHMARK ENERGY CORP.
 
     Jean-Claude Boubee
     President
 
     THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT
     RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS
     NEWS RELEASE.
 
     BENCHMARK ENERGY CORP.
     Suite 2410 - 650 West Georgia Street
     Vancouver, BC V6B 4N7
     Tel: (604) 689-8336, Fax: (604) 682-5564
 
 
 

SOURCE Benchmark Energy Corp.

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