Calgary, Canada – August 2, 2017 – High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (“High Arctic” or the “Company”) announces the one year extension of its current contracts for the operation of rigs 103 and 104 effective 1 August 2017.

Commensurate with the contract extensions High Arctic received notice to mobilize rig 103 to drill the P’nyang South 2 appraisal well with work commencing immediately under full contract operating rates and targeting commencement of drilling in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Working with our customer on cost efficiencies and rig improvements, the contract rates have been discounted 22% in line with previous guidance. The majority of the discount being offset by lower operating costs from efficiencies and significant discounts in the lease rate for the assets.

Mike Maguire, President International commented “The work undertaken to prepare rig 103 will enable us to provide real savings to our customer in drilling and logistic costs, as well as improve operational reliability and efficiency. This extension provides the foundation for work currently underway on formal agreements for the recently announced 50/50 joint company.”

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About High Arctic

High Arctic is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HWO”. The Corporation’s principal focus is to provide drilling and specialized well completion services, equipment rentals and other services to the oil and gas industry.

High Arctic’s largest operation is in Papua New Guinea where it provides drilling and specialized well completion services and supplies rig matting, camps and drilling support equipment on a rental basis. The Canadian operation provides well servicing, well abandonment, snubbing and nitrogen services and equipment on a rental basis to a large number of oil and natural gas exploration and production companies operating in Western Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Binnion
Interim President & CEO
Phone: 403 807 7375

Brian Peters
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 587-318-2218