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Basic Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for April 2006

MIDLAND, Texas, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) (Basic) today reported selected operating data for the month of April 2006. During the month, Basic added five newbuild rigs, bringing its well servicing rig count to 337 as of April 30, 2006. Rig hours for the month of April 2006 were 67,100, reflecting a rig utilization rate of 91.0%, an increase from 90.7% in the same month last year. The Company also added two new fluid service trucks and retired 12 trucks, whose replacements were received in the first quarter, resulting in a total of 544 fluid service trucks as of April 30, 2006.

                                OPERATING DATA

                                                        Month ended
                                                   April 30,         March 31,
                                               2006        2005        2006

    Number of well servicing rigs: (1)
      Weighted average for period               335         298         330
      End of period                             337         298         332

      Rig hours (000s)                         67.1        62.5        76.2
      Rig utilization rate (2)                91.0%       90.7%       91.3%

    Number of fluid service trucks:
      Weighted average for period               549         438         551
      End of period                             544         439         554

    (1)  Includes all rigs owned during periods presented and excludes rigs
         held for sale.
    (2)  Rig utilization rate based on the weighted average number of rigs
         owned during the periods being reported and a 55-hour work week per

Basic Energy Services, with a fleet of more than 330 well servicing rigs, provides a range of well site services to oil and gas drilling and producing companies throughout the major oil and gas regions in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain States.

Contacts: Alan Krenek, Chief Financial Officer
Basic Energy Services, Inc.

Jack Lascar/Sheila Stuewe
DRG&E / 713-529-6600

SOURCE Basic Energy Services, Inc.

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