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Harvest Energy Trust Announces February 15th, 2006 Distribution

Jan 12, 2006 - 20:43 ET

 CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 12, 2006) - Harvest Energy Trust (TSX:HTE.UN) (NYSE:HTE) ("Harvest") today announces that a cash distribution of C$0.35 per trust unit will be paid on February 15th, 2006 to unitholders of record on January 23rd, 2006. Harvest trust units are expected to commence trading on an ex-distribution basis on January 19th, 2006. This distribution amount represents Distributable Cash earned in the month of January 2006.

On November 28, 2005 Harvest and Viking Energy Royalty Trust announced a strategic merger ("the Arrangement") bringing together two value-focused organizations with superior technical and operating expertise. Following completion of the Arrangement, Harvest will have an initial enterprise value in excess of C$4 billion and will be managed by an experienced senior management team including key personnel from both Harvest and Viking. Harvest will have combined Proved plus Probable reserves of approximately 215 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), a reserve life index of over 9 years and current production of approximately 64,000 BOE per day. Production will be weighted approximately 25% to natural gas, 50% to light and medium oil and 25% to heavy oil. The Arrangement is currently scheduled for completion on February 3, 2006, subject to unitholder and regulatory approvals. Effective with the first distribution record date following completion of the Arrangement, Harvest distributions will increase to C$0.38 per trust unit per month.

Harvest trust units are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol "HTE.UN" and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol "HTE". Please visit Harvest's website at www.harvestenergy.ca for additional corporate information and a recent corporate presentation.      

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Harvest Energy Trust

Jacob Roorda
President
(403) 265-1178 or Toll Free: (866) 666-1178

or

Harvest Energy Trust
David Rain
Vice President & CFO
(403) 265-1178 or Toll Free: (866) 666-1178

or

Harvest Energy Trust
Cindy Gray
Investor Relations & Communications Advisor
(403) 265-1178 or Toll Free: (866) 666-1178

or

Harvest Energy Trust
2100, 330 - 5th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB Canada T2P 0L4
(403) 265-1178 or Toll Free: (866) 666-1178
(403) 265-3490 (FAX)
Email: information@harvestenergy.ca
Website: www.harvestenergy.ca