Essential Energy Services Ltd.

Essential Energy Services Ltd.

October 23, 2013 08:30 ET

Essential Energy Services Announces 2014 Capital Budget

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 23, 2013) - Essential Energy Services Ltd. (TSX:ESN) ("Essential" or the "Company") announces the 2014 capital budget of $50 million comprised of $33 million of growth capital and $17 million of maintenance capital.

"Given the anticipated demand from our customers for long-reach coil tubing, and the challenges the service industry has faced delivering this equipment to the market, Essential has entered into long-term build programs with two leading fabricators to deliver deep coil tubing rigs in 2014, 2015 and 2016," said Garnet Amundson, President and Chief Executive Officer.

2014 Capital Budget

Essential's 2014 growth capital spending is anticipated to consist primarily of the following:

  • Three Generation IV masted deep coil tubing rigs, built by Option Industries Inc. ("Option");
  • One Generation III masted deep coil tubing rig, built by National Oilwell Varco ("NOV");
  • One quintiplex fluid pumper;
  • One rod rig; and
  • Rental equipment.

With a coil diameter of 2 5/8", the Generation III rigs can reach 4,900 meters and the Generation IV rigs can reach 6,400 meters.

"We are excited about the new Generation III and Generation IV masted deep coil tubing rigs," said Mr. Amundson. "By the end of 2014 we will have seven new state-of-the-art Generation III/IV deep masted coil rigs. These rigs have the capability to work on long-reach horizontal wells and are well-suited to work in deep, high pressure basins including the Montney, Horn River and Duvernay which are expected to supply proposed liquefied natural gas ("LNG") export facilities in British Columbia."

The 2014 capital budget is expected to be funded from operating cash flow and as required, the credit facility. Essential will monitor industry conditions into 2014 and may adjust the capital program if appropriate.

2015 Capital Plans

In addition to the coil tubing rigs in the 2014 capital budget, Essential has arrangements to build one Generation III masted deep coil tubing rig and three Generation IV masted deep coil tubing rigs to be delivered in 2015 and 2016. The 2014 capital budget includes deposits that will be required for the 2015 build program.

2013 Capital Spending

Essential has increased its announced 2013 capital spending budget from $45 million to $50 million to include deposits and progress payments payable in 2013 for the 2014 build program. The $50 million estimated 2013 capital spend is expected to include $37 million for growth capital and $13 million for maintenance capital. In the third quarter, Essential took delivery of one Generation III deep masted coil tubing rig from Surefire Industries ("Surefire"). Surefire was placed into receivership in September 2013 so Essential will not take delivery of the remaining two coil tubing rigs that it had placed deposits on in 2011.

In the fourth quarter, 2013, Essential expects to take delivery of:

  • One Generation III deep masted coil tubing rig from NOV;
  • Two Generation IV deep masted coil tubing rigs from Option;
  • Two mobile free standing, all period double service rigs, one of which is SAGD capable; and
  • One rod rig.

Equipment Count

Essential anticipates the following equipment count after completion of 2013 and 2014 capital spending plans:

2013 Net
Dec 31/13
Dec 31/14
Coil tubing - deep 27 3 30 3 Q2, Q3, Q4 33
Coil tubing - other 19 (1) 18 0 18
Coil tubing - total 46 2 48 3 51
Nitrogen pumpers 13 2 15 0 15
Fluid pumpers 18 0 18 1 Q3 19
Service rigs 55 0 55 0 55
Rod rigs 14 (1) 13 1 Q4 14
  1. 2013 additions are net of the following retirements: two deep coil tubing rigs, four service rigs and two rod rigs.
  2. Delivery of one coil tubing rig from the 2014 build program is expected in Q2/15.


Essential is a growth-oriented, dividend paying corporation that provides oilfield services to producers in western Canada for producing wells and new drilling activity. Essential operates the largest coil tubing well service fleet in Canada with 45 coil tubing rigs and a fleet of 54 service rigs. Essential also sells, rents and services downhole tools and equipment including the Tryton Multi-Stage Fracturing System. Further information can be found at


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