Ensign Honoured with Award for Drilling Excellence at the Southwest & Midcontinent Oil & Gas Awards


CALGARY, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Ensign Energy Services Inc. ("Ensign" or the "Company", TSX: ESI) was recognized at the inaugural Southwest & Midcontinent Oil & Gas Awards on Thursday, October 15, 2015 with the Award for Drilling Excellence.

This is the third award Ensign has received from the Oil & Gas Awards in the past year and a half, with Ensign's Drilling group out of California receiving the award for Excellence in Health and Safety at the 2014 West Coast Oil & Gas Awards and Ensign's Drilling group out of Canada receiving the award for Drilling Excellence at the Canada Oil & Gas Awards in June.

The Award for Drilling Excellence recognizes organizations providing advanced drilling solutions to the energy industry using the latest drilling technologies and techniques and for showing an uncompromising commitment to environmental impact mitigation. Ensign scored highest in the category after launching its new state-of-the-art Advanced Drill Rig (ADR®) 1500S just over a year ago, which is Ensign's most powerful next-generation of automated full-sized walking rigs.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award and to be recognized by the Oil & Gas Awards committee," said Daniel Patterson, Vice President of Ensign's United States Operations. "The foundation of our success has been our exceptional personnel that adhere to the Company's core values and the quality of our drilling operations.  2015 has proved to be a challenging year for our industry but our focus continues to be delivering exceptional services to our clients everywhere we operate and ensuring our people remain dedicated and committed to our culture of operational and safety excellence."

The judging panel made particular note of Ensign's ability to integrate health and safety practices into the company's overall business model through the use of innovative technology such as the ADR training simulator and online defensive driving course.

The Southwest & Midcontinent Oil & Gas Awards gala ceremony was held at the The Westin Dallas Park Central in Dallas, Texas where hundreds of oil and gas executives gathered together to celebrate Health and Safety, Operational Excellence, Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship.

About the Oil & Gas Awards

The Oil & Gas Awards recognize the outstanding achievements made within the upstream and midstream sectors of the North American oil and gas industry. The Awards are a platform for the industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of environment, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. The Awards show the industry's motivation to develop by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of corporations and individuals. For more information about the Oil & Gas Awards, all regional awards and award categories can be reviewed on their website at www.oilandgasawards.com.

About Ensign

Ensign is a global leader in oilfield services, headquartered out of Calgary, Alberta, operating in Canada, the United States and internationally. We are one of the world's top land-based drilling and well servicing contractors serving crude oil, natural gas and geothermal operators. Our premium services include contract drilling, directional drilling, underbalanced and managed pressure drilling, rental equipment, well servicing and production services. Please visit our website at www.ensignenergy.com.

Ensign's Common Shares are publicly traded though the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ESI.

SOURCE Ensign Energy Services Inc.

For further information: Ensign Energy Services Inc., 400 - 5th Avenue S.W., Suite 1000, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0L6 Canada, Mr. R.H. (Bob) Geddes, President and COO, Telephone: 403.262.1361