Foraco awarded large drilling services contract in Russia

    TORONTO, ON/MARSEILLES, France, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Foraco International SA
(TSX: FAR) (the "Company" or "Foraco"), a leading global provider of
diversified drilling services, today announced that it has secured a drilling
services contract with OAO Arkhangelskoe Geologodobychnoe Predpriyatie
("AGD"), a Russian open joint stock company involved in diamond exploration
and a wholly-owned subsidiary of OAO LUKOIL. Under terms of the contract,
Foraco will perform large diameter drilling and bulk sampling for diamonds at
AGD's Grib site in the Arkhangelsk region in northwestern Russia. The one-year
contract is valued at approximately (euro) 10.0 million or $C16.0 million.
    "We are delighted to expand our operations into Russia and look forward
to working with AGD in bulk sampling the Grib site. Foraco has significantly
increased its expertise in this specialized drilling technique through our
recent acquisition of Northwest Sequoia Drilling and its excellent customer
references in diamond bulk sampling projects in Northern Canada," said Daniel
Simoncini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foraco. "The large diameter
drilling skills and assets of Foraco's European division combined with
Sequoia's unique expertise were key factors in securing this contract with

    About Foraco

    Foraco (TSX: FAR) is a worldwide drilling service provider headquartered
in Marseille, France. The Company provides a diverse range of drilling
services to the minerals, energy, water, environmental and infrastructure
sectors. The Company currently operates 117 drilling rigs, with a presence in
18 countries across five continents. For more information about Foraco, visit

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