DryShips drilling subsidiary wins contract"

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September 28, 2010

DryShips drilling subsidiary wins contract

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS) said today that its fully-owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW, Inc. has received a letter of award from an American exploration company for a four well contract for exploration drilling offshore West Africa for a period of about 300 days, commencing in the first or second quarter of 2011.

The contract is subject to final documentation and is worth approximately $135 million.

Mr. George Economou, Chairman and CEO of DryShips Inc. and interim CEO of Ocean Rig UDW Inc., said:

"We are pleased to secure employment for one of our first two drillships that will be delivered from Samsung during the first quarter 2011. This will serve as a catalyst to securing bank financing on preferred terms. We continue to see strong interest for our state of the art sixth generation drillships operated by our experienced ultra-deepwater operator Ocean Rig."


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