CALGARY, Jan. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - AKITA Drilling Ltd. ("AKITA" or the "Company") announces its expansion into the Permian Basin.

The Company is pleased to announce that AKITA Drilling Inc., AKITA's wholly-owned USA subsidiary, has contracted Rig 90, an ultra-high spec deep capacity rig, with a major USA operator that has a significant presence in the Permian Basin. Rig 90 was redeployed from the Western Canadian natural gas basin, where it faced limited opportunities to work, and is well equipped to drill the deepest lateral wells of the Permian Basin. In addition to Rig 90, AKITA has other rigs that are well suited for USA redeployment.

AKITA is an Alberta corporation engaged in the contract drilling business in Western Canada, the North, and now, the Permian Basin. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AKT.

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SOURCE AKITA Drilling Ltd.