. has entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 30.4% of the
issued and outstanding shares and voting rights in Ocean Rig ASA, an offshore
drilling contractor listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: OCR).
Ocean Rig owns
and operates two ultra deepwater
, modern, high
specification, fifth generation, harsh environment semi submersible drilling
built to operate in water depth capacity of between 7,500 to 10,000 feet. Both
rigs are presently on charter to ExxonMobil and Shell.
Economou Chairman and CEO of DryShips Inc. has also, in separate
transactions, acquired approximately 4.4% of the share capital of Ocean Rig