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Monday, January 10, 2000

CALGARY, ALBERTA--Trican Well Service Ltd. ("Trican")(TSE - TCW) and Northline Energy Services Inc. ("Northline")(CDNX - NES) are pleased to announce in relation to the previously announced agreement that the Directors' Circular and take over bid circular were mailed on December 23, 1999. Under the terms of the offer, Trican has offered to purchase all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Northline ("Northline Shares") on the basis of, at the election of the holder, $1.05 cash or 0.1736 of a common share of Trican ("Trican Share") subject to a maximum of 461,098 Trican Shares, in aggregate, available for election (the "Offer"). The board of directors of Northline is of the view that the Offer is fair to the shareholders of Northline and has unanimously recommended that Northline shareholders tender to the Offer. Trican has entered into lock-up agreements in support of the Offer from shareholders representing approximately 66% of the outstanding Northline Shares. The offer for the shares of Northline will remain open until 5:30 p.m. (Calgary time) January 18, 2000. Northline is a well service company that provides a variety of coiled tubing services to both the drilling and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Canada. Northline's principal assets include eight coiled tubing units, with one more coiled tubing unit under construction and expected to be operational by the time the offer closes. With the addition of the units currently under construction, approximately 90% of the units will be less than two years old. Trican is a well service company that provides stimulation, coiled tubing, cementing, fracturing and related services to the oil and gas industry in Canada. This news release is not an offer of Trican Shares in the United States, which may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under United States securities laws. -30-