Baker Energy Wins North Slope Managed Services Contract

Baker Energy, a unit of Michael Baker Corporation, has received a five-year, multi-million-dollar contract from Brooks Range Petroleum Corporation (BRPC) to provide services for exploration and, when discoveries are made, to assist in the development of BRPC's Gwyder Bay, Ocean Point, Southland, Slugger, Itkillik River, Whiskey Gulch, and Titania prospects on the North Slope of Alaska. BRPC is a subsidiary of the Alaska Venture Capital Group LLC (AVCG).

Under this contract, Baker Energy will be providing a broad range of managed services for BPRC in order to explore and, when successful, develop and operate new discoveries. These services include general management, infrastructure design, data management, capital work program implementation, supply chain management, operations and maintenance, and production reporting. Work on the contract began on June 1, 2006.

Baker's John Hickman, senior vice president of operations, said, "We are pleased that BRPC has recognized our ability and experience in developing oil and gas assets. This is Baker Energy's first contract on the North Slope of Alaska, but we are confident in meeting the challenges this region of Alaska presents. We hope to leverage this new presence with other operators."

BRPC's Bart Armfield, Vice President of Field Operations and a co-founder of AVCG, stated, "For a startup independent operator like Brooks Range Petroleum, it is cost effective and it makes technical sense to outsource key operational services to a world-class firm like Baker Energy who has a proven track record in field development and operations in challenging environments such as the Gulf of Mexico offshore and elsewhere. We are also very impressed with Baker Energy's record of accomplishments in safety and environmental protection which are critical success factors for any operator in Alaska."

Baker Energy works with oil and gas companies worldwide providing total operations and maintenance solutions. By integrating its diverse operating and management skills, Baker Energy has evolved into a single-source supplier of competency-based personnel recruiting and training, comprehensive operations and maintenance, and supply chain management services.

Michael Baker Corporation provides engineering and operations and maintenance services for its clients' most complex challenges worldwide. The firm's primary practice areas are aviation, environmental, facilities, geospatial information technologies, pipelines & telecommunications, transportation, water/wastewater, and energy. With more than 5,000 employees in over 40 offices across the United States and internationally, Baker is focused on providing services that span the complete life cycle of infrastructure and managed asset projects.

Brooks Range Petroleum is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alaska Venture Capital Group LLC, a privately held oil and gas exploration company BRPC was formed in 2004 as an AVCG subsidiary to provide land, exploration, and operational services to its parent company AVCG which has been active in Alaska since 1999. AVCG currently holds 173,820 acres of oil and gas leases on the highly prospective, multi-billion-barrel North Slope. AVCG's play/lease areas are prospective for oil, have existing 2D leads and/or 3D drilling prospects, and are located near existing infrastructure. Recently, AVCG LLC announced North Slope joint venture funding and partnership arrangements with TG World Energy, a public company headquartered in Calgary, and Ramshorn Investment, Inc., a Houston-based subsidiary of Nabors Drilling USA.