Total Energy Services Ltd. to Build Two Land Rigs

Total Energy Services' wholly-owned subsidiary, Chinook Drilling Inc., has commenced construction of two Rigmaster P500 telescopic double drilling rigs to be rated to 2800 meters. These rigs, which are complementary to Chinook's existing four double rigs, are scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2004 at a budgeted cost of $9.5 million. Construction will be financed from operating cash flow and existing credit facilities. Upon completion of these two rigs, Chinook's fleet will consist of nine drilling rigs.