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Calmena Reports Notification to Petrobras of Termination of Four Single Rig Contracts

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 -- Calmena Energy Services Inc. (TSX:CEZ) ("Calmena") announces that pursuant to the terms of its long term contracts (the "Contracts") with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. ("Petrobras") for the provision of drilling services of four single drilling rigs in Brazil, it has delivered to Petrobras written notice of the termination of the Contracts. Calmena's notice stipulates that the Contracts will terminate 30 days from the date of the notice. The decision to terminate the Contracts was made after extended negotiations related to several operational and contractual issues, which were causing financial losses to Calmena, failed to yield a satisfactory result.

Calmena does not anticipate that the termination of the Contracts will have a negative impact on the operations of its heliportable rig, which is operating in the Amazonas state of Brazil under a separate long term contract with Petrobras.

Calmena has begun the process of winding down the current drilling operations of the single rigs in Brazil in an orderly and efficient manner and will be marketing the services of the single drilling rigs, which Calmena believes are among the fastest and most efficient of their size, in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.

ABOUT CALMENA ENERGY SERVICES INC.

Calmena is a diversified energy services company that provides well construction services to its customers operating in Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa. The common shares of Calmena trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CEZ".

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to Calmena's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions. Expressions such as "may", "anticipate", "expect", "project", "believe", "hope", "estimate", "intend", "will", "continue", "foresee", and "forecast" and similar expressions and statements are intended to identify forward looking statements. Such statements represent Calmena's internal projections, estimates or beliefs concerning, among other things, an outlook on the estimated amounts and timing of capital expenditures, anticipated future debt, revenues or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. These statements are only predictions and actual events or results may differ materially. Although Calmena believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement since such expectations are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause Calmena's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Calmena.

In particular, forward-looking statements included in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the impact of the cancellation of the Petrobras contracts on the operations of our heliportable rig, the process of winding down the drilling operations of Calmena's rigs in Brazil and the marketing the services of Calmena's single drilling rigs in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.

These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Calmena's control, including, but not limited to, the impact of general economic conditions; industry conditions and changes in industry conditions; volatility of commodity prices; decreased demand for energy services; competition from other energy services providers; the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management; ability of Calmena to re-finance or extend the maturity date of its senior debt and generate positive cash flow; failure of counter parties to perform on contracts; failure to successfully negotiate new contracts or renew existing contracts; failure to successfully deploy rigs; changes in income tax laws or changes in tax laws and incentive programs relating to the oil and gas industry; risks associated with international operations, including, but not limited to: seasonality; loss of key customers; fluctuations in foreign exchange or interest rates and stock market volatility; supply and demand for oilfield services relating to the drilling, completion and maintenance of oil and gas wells as well as services related to, oilfield equipment rentals and production and ancillary services; liabilities and risks, including environmental liabilities and risks inherent in oil and natural gas operations; uncertainties in weather and temperature affecting the duration of the service periods and the activities that can be completed; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; failure to successfully negotiate contracts for drilling rig operations; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the Company's investments; and the other risks considered under "Risk Factors" in our annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2011 which is available on www.sedar.com.

With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this news release, Calmena has made assumptions regarding, but not limited to: the implementation of the Company's international growth strategy; current commodity prices and royalty regimes; availability of skilled labour; timing and amount of capital expenditures; ability of Calmena to re-finance or extend the maturity date of its senior debt; ability of Calmena to renew existing contracts and enter into new contracts; rig utilization and pricing; future exchange rates; the impact of increasing competition; conditions in general economic and financial markets; industry conditions; supply and demand for oilfield services relating to the drilling, completion and maintenance of oil and gas wells as well as services related to oilfield equipment rentals and production and ancillary services; effects of regulation by governmental agencies; trends in Calmena's operations; and future operating costs.

Management has included the above summary of assumptions and risks related to forward-looking information provided in this news release in order to provide Shareholders with a more complete perspective on Calmena's current and future operations and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Calmena's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that Calmena will derive therefrom. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors are not exhaustive.

These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and Calmena disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Contacts:
Calmena Energy Services Inc.
John R. King
President and Chief Executive Officer
(403) 225-3879
(403) 366-2066 (FAX)

Calmena Energy Services Inc.
700, 333 - 7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2Z1
www.calmena.com

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