August 11, 2011 09:43 ET

Weatherhaven: Canadian and Brazilian Companies Join Forces to Help HRT Oil and Gas Establish a New Standard for Sustainable Clean Energy Exploration in the Amazon

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2011) - Weatherhaven of Canada and Esbracon of Brazil today, on the heels of the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Brazil, sealed a long-term agreement with HRT of Brazil to design and deliver a new standard of exploration camps for the company's clean energy exploration and production program in the Amazon. These camps will provide the best available worldwide technology to deliver the highest standards of environmental sensitivity, sustainability and employee health, safety and comfort - within a simple and functional framework.

HRT, who also recently acquired a Canadian Oil & Gas company, has been a shining star of the Brazilian BOVESPA since initiating one of Brazil's largest ever IPOs of $1.5B last November. This investor interest has been driven, in large part, due to their massive confirmed oil and gas potential and innovative approach to exploration, production, logistics and sustainability. The operations will employ the highest standards of sustainability in drilling practices, camp infrastructure, waste management, water minimization, and recyclability as well as a complete carbon offset matrix. This is addition to having one of the world's cleanest sources of light oil and gas - which also has very low CO2, Nitrogen or Sulphur content.

The long-term agreement will involve the implementation of a total integrated sustainable camps program in order to fulfill HRT's rapid mobilization, addressing the logistical challenges of developing this infrastructure in a remote and environmentally sensitive region like the Amazon. The long-term development of HRT's projects - both in the Amazon and the coast of Namibia - could involve as many as 10 more sustainable camp projects.

"HRT chose Weatherhaven and Esbracon because, having proven their solution in more than 50 countries, I wanted to provide the best quality of life for my people in this challenging and remote environment," said Dr. Marcio Mello, CEO of HRT. "Moreover, I wanted to challenge them to not only bring this leading global technology to Brazil but also work with HRT to achieve an even higher standard of comfort, safety and environmental balance," he added. To ensure transparency, HRT has also developed an "Open Door" program that will involve visitor centres and lodges to enable anyone interested in learning more about what they do, and how they do it, to visit.

"Brazil and Canada share many similar qualities, including developing a natural resource economy in remote and environmentally sensitive areas while providing high quality living conditions for workers," said Ray Castelli, CEO of Weatherhaven. "We are honoured that HRT has called upon our solutions and 30 years of experience in Canada and Brazil to help them achieve their objectives," he added.

"The Amazon is Brazil's crown jewel and we are honoured to be working with a leader like Marcio Mello in developing Brazil's clean energy future in the most sensitive and logistically efficient manner possible, "said Mr. Pedro Parigot, CEO of Esbracon. "Moreover, the partnership between Weatherhaven and Esbracon provides a total integrated turn-key solution. Weatherhaven makes the best shelters and, together with our logistical and construction capability, we are developing an enhanced partnership to drive even more value for our client," Parigot added.

Delivering this solution for HRT in the Amazon is a unique logistics, construction and operating challenge. This challenge - delivering unique and efficient solutions in the most remote and sensitive areas of the planet - is a key motivation driver for all three companies.

Weatherhaven is a leading provider of re-deployable shelters, camp and systems for remote sites around the world. Founded in Vancouver 30 years ago, the company engineers, manufactures and installs temporary camps and shelter systems for a wide variety of commercial, military and medical and disaster relief applications. With production capability in Canada, Peru, South Africa, and Brazil, in addition to sales/logistics operations in Europe, Australia and Barbados, the company has grown from being a dominant Canadian domestic supplier to providing shelter systems and installations on all seven continents, including more than 20 military customers as well as commercial deployments in more than 50 countries. The company is committed to bringing its technology to Brazil and has already established production operations in Sao Paolo and Taubate.

Esbracon is a Brazilian construction services company that was created to bring the concept, technology and modern materials to supply of "sustainable camps" for the construction sector in Brazil. These gathering places, focused on the well being of workers, quality of life, and personal satisfaction bring a different concept in terms of preservation of natural resources, social responsibility and respect the fact a worker is a human being who is far away their family.

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