Calgary, Canada – October 30, 2017 – High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (“High Arctic” or the “Corporation”) announces that it has reached an agreement with its customer, a super major operator in Papua New Guinea (“PNG”), on the take-or-pay contract for Rig 116.

The original contract signed with InterOil Corporation (“InterOil”) contemplated a two year take-or-pay drilling services term from the spud of the first well.   After the recent takeover of Interoil by High Arctic’s customer, the customer commenced discussions with High Arctic in regards to this rig.

In an effort to work collaboratively with the customer with a view towards future services opportunities, the Corporation has agreed to a deemed spud date of November 2nd, 2016.  This deemed spud date coincides with the commencement of drilling on Antelope 7 which was completed with Rig 115 at another customer’s request due to its proximity to the wellsite location, however, this well could have been drilled with Rig 116 which would have resulted in the commencement of the two year take-or-pay drilling services term.  As a result the rig will remain under its take-or-pay contract until November 2, 2018.

In conjunction with the customer’s acquisition of InterOil and the associated drilling contracts, the customer conducted a contractor qualification review for High Arctic related to future work in PNG. As a result of this review, supported by High Arctic’s strong track record in PNG, the Corporation is pleased to announce that High Arctic has been recognized as a qualified vendor providing High Arctic with the opportunity to participate in the bidding process for additional drilling and related services in PNG beyond the contract for Rig 116.

Michael Binnion commented “Being recognized as a qualified vendor is a testament to the tier one performance and safety that High Arctic can be counted on in the PNG market. We are pleased that an equitable solution was found for both High Arctic and our customer after the change in ownership of our former client.”

Forward-Looking Statements

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The forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. These statements are given only as of the date of this Press Release.  The Corporation does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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