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Apr 13, 2011

Contact: Brett Schellenberg
Telephone: 361-654-7307

SM Energy To Receive First Walking Rig in 2011

Corpus Christi, Texas based company Orion Drilling has signed a deal with SM Energy (NYSE:SM) to manufacture and operate 3 Gemini “550 Class” drilling rigs in the Eagle Ford Shale.

SM Energy is currently operating 2 Orion Drilling rigs in the Eagle Ford Shale (Altair & Big Dipper). SM Energy will be the first Operator to receive a Gemini “550 Class” drilling rig. The Orion rigs will be named Leo, Southern Cross and Perseus.

The Gemini “550 Class” is a proprietary on-shore drilling rig designed and manufactured by Orion. The Gemini series drilling rigs are equipped with Top Drives, Walking Systems, and Advanced Electronic Drilling Systems. The first rig is scheduled to be delivered to SM Energy on July 1st of 2011.

In 2009 Orion earned an API 4F certification, Orion Drilling is one of only two on-shore drilling contractors in The United States with the capability of building API Certified Masts, Crowns, and Substructures.

With hundreds of wells drilled in South Texas since 2003, Orion Drilling has become a leading competitor in domestic on-shore drilling. Orion is currently operating 10 rigs in South Texas, with 6 additional “new build” rigs on the way; Orion Drilling is steadily gaining recognition from Oil & Gas Operators looking for Safe, Efficient, Fast Moving drilling rigs.


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