The rig will be operated through a limited partnership equally owned by Alexander First Nation and Western Lakota, representing the seventh partnership currently operating between Western Lakota and a First Nation. This partnership is one of thirty-two Aboriginal community business relationships in which the Company is engaged.
The drilling rig is in the final stages of completion and is expected to be operating in September 2006. This transaction reflects the continuing focus on Aboriginal partnerships within the newly merged Company.
Savanna Energy Services currently operates 79 drilling rigs, 35 wireline units, 22 service rigs and 5 coil tubing service units. After completing the 2006 construction plan, the Company will operate 103 drilling rigs, 37 wireline units, 22 service rigs and 8 coil tubing service units, entrenching itself as a leading energy services provider in North America, focused on delivering strong results for shareholders, customers and partners.
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