AETI to Provide Turnkey Power Delivery Solutions to Energy Development Corporation (China), Inc. for Sinopec - Noble Energy

AETI to Provide Turnkey Power Delivery Solutions to Energy Development
Corporation (China), Inc. for Sinopec - Noble Energy Offshore Production
Platform Project

HOUSTON, Oct. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Electric Technologies,
Inc. (Nasdaq:AETI), a leading global supplier of power delivery solutions for
the energy industry, announced today that it has been selected by Energy
Development Corporation (China), Inc., a subsidiary of Noble Energy Inc., and
Sinopec Beijing Cheng Dao Xi (CDX), to provide turnkey power delivery products
for an offshore production platform project in the South China Sea.

Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil
and gas exploration and production. Through its subsidiary Energy Development
Corporation (China), Inc., Noble Energy has a 57 percent working interest in
the CDX field. China Petro-chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is Noble Energy's
partner with a 43 percent working interest.

AETI's M&I Electric group will supply a power control building for
installation on the offshore production platform. The custom designed, 110-ton
offshore building for the platform will contain medium voltage and low voltage
power distribution switchgear, along with motor control centers, heating and
variable AC, fire and gas detection, and battery backup systems. All equipment
will be fully integrated and tested at M&I's Beaumont, Texas manufacturing
plant before transfer by ocean freight for eventual deployment in the CDX
field of the Bohai Bay region.

"We are pleased that Noble Energy's EDC group has selected AETI again to
provide turnkey electrical power distribution solutions for their offshore
production project requirements," said Dale Reeder, vice president of
marine/offshore sales, M&I Electric. "The success of our previous projects
with Noble Energy and the ensuing post-sale support provided by AETI has gone
far in solidifying a mutually beneficial relationship between our two
companies."

The terms of the contract were not disclosed, but AETI expects to ship the
project in the second quarter of 2013.

American Electric Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AETI) is a leading global
provider of power delivery solutions to the energy industry. AETI offers M&I
Electricâ„¢ power distribution and control products, electrical services, and
E&I Construction services, as well as American Access Technologies zone
enclosures, and Omega Metals custom fabrication services. South Coast Electric
Systems L.L.C., a subsidiary, services Gulf Coast marine and vessel customers.

AETI is headquartered in Houston and has global sales, support and
manufacturing operations in Beaumont, Texas, Keystone Heights, Florida and Bay
St. Louis, Mississippi. In addition, AETI has minority interests in three
joint ventures in Xian, China, Singapore and Macae, Brazil. AETI's SEC
filings, news and product/service information are available at www.aeti.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined in Section
27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, concerning anticipated future
demand for our products, international expansion, and other future plans and
objectives. While the Company believes that such forward-looking statements
are based on reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that such
future revenues, profits, plans and objectives will be achieved on the
schedule or in the amounts indicated. Investors are cautioned that these
forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual
events or results may differ from the Company's expectations, and are subject
to various risks and uncertainties, including those listed in Item 1A of the
Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2012.
The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its
forward-looking statements even if experience or future events make it clear
that any of the projected results expressed or implied herein will not be
realized.

CONTACT: Media Contacts:
         Ward Creative Communications for
         American Electric Technologies, Inc.
         Molly LeCronier
         mlecronier@wardcc.com
         713-869-0707
        
         Investor Contacts:
         American Electric Technologies, Inc.
         713-644-8182
         investorrelations@aeti.com
 
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